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Linus Reinhart
Linus Reinhart
Birth: 28 July 1892
Kirby, Ohio, USA
Death: 14 June 2003
Carey, Ohio, USA
Age: 110 years, 321 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Linus Andrew Reinhart (28 July 1892 – 14 June 2003) was a validated American supercentenarian.


Linus Andrew Reinhart was born in a log house in Kirby, Ohio, USA, on 28 July 1892. He was a son of Peter and Anna (Arend) Reinhart. He was the fourth of nine children. Linus recalled accidentally picking poisonous mushrooms when he was 12. His father and the local minister died after consuming the mushrooms, but Linus and his siblings survived because they were picky eaters.

Reinhart tried to enlist in World War I, but three of his brothers had already done so. He was told to "go back to the farm; we need food more than we need men". During the Great Depression, there was enough food on his farm to eat. His livestock weren't selling very well, so he opted to sell his grain instead. Linus was a pioneer of hybrid corn in the United States, and developed a variety of seed corn that matured quicker and sprouted consistently. He eventually founded L. A. Reinhart & Son Certified Seed.

Reinhart married Esther Brooks on 25 February 1919. They had 7 children together. At the time of Linus' death, he had 35 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Linus was widowed in 1990 when his wife died at the age of 93.

Reinhart became a supercentenarian in 2002. He was the oldest known registered Democrat. The last time he voted in a presidential election was in 1996, for Bill Clinton. Reinhart died on 14 June 2003 at the age of 110 years, 321 days. He was the second-oldest living man in the United States, after Fred Hale.