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Lucy Hannah
Birth: 16 July 1875?
Alabama, USA
Death: 21 March 1993
Michigan, USA
Age: 117 years, 248 days?
Country: United StatesUSA
Longevity claimant

Lucy Hannah (née Terrell; 16 July 1874/5/or 12 August 1894/5? – 21 March 1993) was an American longevity claimant once validated as age 117 but for whom the case was later retracted after further evidence became available. From September 2003 until December 2020, she was officially validated as the fifth-oldest person ever and the oldest African-American person ever, however, the validation was withdrawn.


Lucy Hannah claimed to have been born in Alabama on 16 July 1874. The SSA Study in 2003 validated her year of birth as "1875" based on an alleged 1880 census match. For 17 years after her validation it was believed that, at the time of her death, she was the second-oldest living person behind Jeanne Calment (who was five months older than her) and was the oldest person to never hold the oldest living person record. She died in Michigan on 21 March 1993.

Age issues

Hannah's age was verified by the Kestenbaum Study on 9 September 2003. However, in 2015, members of The 110 Club (a group dedicated to supercentenarians) have cast doubts on Hannah's claim to 117. According to the research found so far, she could have been born 12 August 1895.

In the "Exceptional Lifespans" book that was published in December 2020, the validation of Hannah's case was officially withdrawn.