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Jose Martins
Jose Martins
Birth: 7 March 1912
Canical, Madeira, Portugal
Age: 109 years, 320 days
Country: PortugalPOR

Jose Martins [Portuguese: José] (born 7 March 1912) is a centenarian from Madeira, an overseas territory of Portugal. He became the oldest known living man in Portugal after the death of Alberto Andrade on 8 October 2021. However, he is not the oldest living Portuguese-born man as Jose Fernandes Morgado of Brazil is older.


Jose Martins was born in Canical, Madeira, Portugal on 7 March 1912. He worked as a shepherd, farmer, fisherman and later in the whaling company. He married at the age of 29 and had six children (including Jose Martins Jr. (born 16 November 1938)). He was widowed at the age of 82.

His son Jose Martins Jr. is a politician and priest.

At the age of 107, he said he never drank alcohol and only tried smoking once but he didn´t like it. As of March 2019, he had 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Jose Martins celebrated his 109th birthday on 7 March 2021.

Jose Martins is currently the oldest man ever from Madeira and he is also the oldest known person ever from Madeira.



Portugal's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Antonio de Almeida • (Unknown) • Paulo Fernandes de Sa • Manuel de Sousa • (Unknown) • Jose Ferreira Andrade • (Unknown) • Jose Maria Hermano BaptistaJose Luis LadeiraAugusto Moreira de OliveiraAntonio de Castro • (Unknown) • Manuel dos SantosManuel Rodrigues HortaAlbano AndradeAlberto AndradeJose Martins