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Francis Smith
Francis Smith
Francis Smith on his 110th birthday.
Birth: 3 March 1908
Maine, USA
Death: 18 August 2018
Naples, Florida, USA
Age: 110 years, 168 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Francis Bradford Smith (3 March 1908 – 18 August 2018) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). He was one of the top 10 oldest known living men in the United States at the time of his death.


Smith was born in Maine, USA, on 3 March 1908. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and went on to become one of the first violinists in the Chicago Orchestra.

He worked for decades as an electrical engineer and fathered three sons.

On his 75th birthday in 1983, he married a woman named Priscilla, who was 48 at the time. They travelled all around the world together.

Smith celebrated his 110th birthday and the couple’s 35th wedding anniversary on 3 March 2018. On being asked the secret to long life, he joked that “the most important thing in life is to keep breathing. If you can do that, then you can accomplish anything you wish.”

Smith died in Naples, Florida on 18 August 2018 at the age of 110 years, 168 days.