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Francis Zouein
Francis Zouein
Zouein on his 109th birthday in 2020.
Birth: 1 January 1911
Ottoman Empire (now Lebanon)
Death: 24 January 2024
California, USA
Age: 113 years, 23 days
Country: LebanonLBNUnited StatesUSA

Francis Zouein (1 January 1911 – 24 January 2024) was a Lebanese-born American supercentenarian who may have been the oldest known living man in the United States from the death of 111-year-old Ezra Hill on 4 October 2022, until his own death on 24 January 2024. In addition, he may have also been the last known surviving American man born before 1914 and the oldest known person ever born in Lebanon. His age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Francis Zouein was born in a small mountainous village near Beirut, Ottoman Empire (now Lebanon) on 1 January 1911. He had five children (including Emeal "E.Z." Zwayne (born 1975). In 1980, he emigrated to the United States with his family.

Zouein's son Emeal "E.Z." Zwayne is a producer and actor, and is married to Rachel Comfort, the daughter of Ray Comfort.

As of August 2020, Zouein had 13 grandchildren. In August 2020, the actress and singer Chynna Phillips praised his longevity in an Instagram post.

Zouein celebrated his 110th birthday in January 2021, and became the first (known) male supercentenarian claim born in Lebanon.

Zouein may have become the oldest known living man in the United States, following the death of 111-year-old Ezra Hill on 4 October 2022. At the time of his death, he may have been oldest known living male emigrant in the world, the second-oldest known living emigrant in the world, behind Maria Branyas Morera, and the second-oldest known living man in the world, behind Juan Vicente Perez Mora.

Francis Zouein died in California, United States on 24 January 2024 at the age of 113 years, 23 days. Following his death, then 110-year-old Morrie Markoff became the oldest known living man in the United States.



United States' Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

James SmithJames HardWilliam KineyWayland NewellDaniel CummingsTeofil ChudzinskiRobert EarlySylvester MelvinWilliam SmithJames KingOllie StewartJohn ChaneyWilliam LambTheophilus MayOrin AkersIsaac EdwardsJames HoltCharlie NelsonCharlie PhillipsZachariah BlackistoneJames NashWalter WilcoxGregory PandazesBenjamin GarnerRandolph DavisJoe ThomasAlphaeus Philemon ColeAlton GilbertOscar DuboisJames WigginsFrederick FrazierChristian MortensenJohnson ParksWalter RichardsonEdward GravesJohn PainterJohn McMorranFred HaleEarl BrushMoses HardyThomas NelsonAntonio PierroGeorge FrancisWalter BreuningShelby HarrisSalustiano SanchezErnest PeronneauAlexander ImichConrad JohnsonJames RichardsonWash WesleyFelix SimoneauxFrank LevingstonClarence MatthewsRichard OvertonHenry TsengCP CrawfordIrving PikenLawrence BrooksEzra HillFrancis ZoueinMorrie MarkoffVincent DransfieldEugene Baltes