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Earl Brush
Earl Brush
Brush in his later years.
Birth: 17 July 1893
Marshall, Iowa, USA
Death: 10 January 2005
San Leandro, California, USA
Age: 111 years, 177 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Earl Fred Brush (17 July 1893 – 10 January 2005) was a validated American supercentenarian. He is the oldest validated man ever born in Iowa.


Earl Brush was born in Marshall, Iowa, USA, on 17 July 1893. At 17, he moved to Minnesota with his family to homestead. He met his future wife, Eva Baker, in church. He worked as a potato farmer, mechanic and electrician. During the Depression, Brush returned to his hometown, where he managed a Montgomery Ward store.

Lured by military production hiring in World War II, Brush moved with his wife and three children to Oakland, where he got a job installing elevators in aircraft carriers. He later sold appliances and worked as an electrical inspector until his retirement in 1963 at age 70.

Brush bought his first car, a Maxwell Overlong, in 1913, and drove until he was 100. He attributed his longevity to “strong genes, refraining from smoking or drinking, and staying married to the same woman for 67 years."

Brush died in the Jones Convalescent Home in San Leandro, California, USA on 10 January 2005 at the age of 111 years, 177 days. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living man in the United States, although unvalidated Frank Sylvester claimed to be older. His age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 24 November 2004.


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