Gerontology Wiki
Bessie Harding
Bessie Harding
Birth: 25 November 1909
Virginia, USA
Age: 112 years, 59 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Bessie Elizabeth Harding (born 25 November 1909) is an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group. She currently is the oldest known living person in Maryland.


Harding was born in Virginia, USA on 25 November 1909. In the 1930s, she and her husband moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she raised her two nieces and one nephew there. She waited on tables at the Mount Vernon Club in Baltimore for more than 30 years. She is a longtime member of Enon Baptist Church in West Baltimore.

Harding lived on her own until around 2014, before moving in to a care home in Baltimore, Maryland. She became a supercentenarian in November 2019, and celebrated her 112th birthday in November 2021.