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CP Crawford
CP Crawford
CP Crawford celebrating his 112th birthday in 2019
Birth: 25 August 1907
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Death: 23 November 2019
Lansing, Illinois, USA
Age: 112 years, 90 days
Country: United StatesUSA

CP Crawford (25 August 1907 – 23 November 2019) was an American supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).



CP Crawford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, on 25 August 1907, to John and Mattie Crawford. His mother died when he was an infant and he only knew her from stories told by his family. Named after a traveling Southern preacher, CP was his actual name, not his initials. 

Crawford was the youngest of his family, which included three brothers and two sisters. All siblings were separated after their mother died and were raised by aunts and uncles. He was not allowed to attend school, so as a young boy around the age of four, Crawford started working in in fields picking cotton, ploughing the fields of corn, and manning the gardens. Around the age of 13, he got his first job working at a cafe washing dishes.

Adult Life

After working at Southland Oil Refinery, Crawford went on to work at Illinois Central Railroad which brought him to Chicago. He was married three times and had six foster children, but never had any biological children. Prior to moving to an assisted living facility in September 2011, Crawford had been living alone.

On 25 August 2019, Crawford celebrated his 112th birthday. In September 2019, he participated in an open White Sox baseball game. He died in Lansing, Illinois, USA on 23 November 2019 at the age of 112 years, 90 days. Coincidentally, his death occurred on the same day as the USA's oldest living woman, Alelia Murphy.


Crawford became the oldest living African-American man following the death of Richard Overton on 27 December 2018. After the death of Henry Tseng on 27 February 2019, Crawford became the oldest known living man in the United States and the last known surviving man in the USA born in 1907. Following his death, Irving Piken became the oldest known living man in the United States. At the time of his death, he was the second-oldest validated living man in the world behind Chitetsu Watanabe.



United States' Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • Alton Gilbert • Oscar DuboisJames Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • John Painter • John McMorran • Fred Hale • Earl Brush • Moses Hardy • Thomas Nelson • Antonio Pierro • George Francis • Walter Breuning • Shelby Harris • Salustiano Sanchez • Alexander Imich • Conrad Johnson • Wash Wesley • Felix Simoneaux • Frank Levingston • Clarence Matthews • Richard Overton • Henry Tseng • CP Crawford • Irving Piken • Lawrence Brooks • Ezra Hill