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John Painter
John Painter
Birth: 20 September 1888
Keeling Branch, Tennessee, USA
Death: 1 March 2001
Hermitage Springs, Tennessee, USA
Age: 112 years, 162 days
Country: United StatesUSA

John George Painter (20 September 1888 – 1 March 2001) was a validated American supercentenarian who was the oldest living man in the United States and the world's oldest man. He is the oldest validated man ever from the U.S. state of Tennessee.


John Painter was born in the Keeling Branch community in Jackson County, Tennessee, USA on 20 September 1888. He enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 29. As a result, he went to France, where he hauled ammunition and field guns to the front lines at the forest of Argonne. This earned him one of France's highest honors: the Order of the Legion of Honor, an honor only five other Tennesseans had received. On 12 April 1919, he was honorably discharged and returned home to Jackson County where he resumed his career as a blacksmith. He married Gillie Watson, a woman he knew since his childhood, and they had two daughters. On 15 November 1999, Painter became the world's oldest man after the death of Antonio Urrea-Hernandez.

Painter died in Hermitage Springs, Tennessee, USA, on 1 March 2001 at the age of 112 years, 162 days. At the time of his death, he was also the oldest living American veteran.


World's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • TE)

Sylvester Melvin • Joseph Saint-Amour • William Fullingim • John Mosley Turner
Friedrich Wedeking • Frederick Butterfield • Jean Teillet • Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • John Evans • Henri Perignon • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Josep Armengol-Jover • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • Denzo Ishizaki • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • John Painter • Antonio Todde • Yukichi Chuganji • Joan Riudavets-Moll • Fred Hale • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Tomoji Tanabe • Henry Allingham • Walter Breuning • Jiroemon Kimura • Salustiano Sanchez • Arturo Licata • Alexander Imich • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Israel Kristal • Francisco Nunez Olivera • Masazo NonakaChitetsu WatanabeBob WeightonEmilio Flores MarquezSaturnino de la Fuente GarciaJuan Vicente Perez Mora

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