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Margaret Linehan
Birth: 27 April 1892
County Cork, Ireland
Death: 18 February 2003
Portland, Maine, USA
Age: 110 years, 297 days
Country: Ireland IRLUnited StatesUSA

Margaret Patricia Linehan nee Sheehan (27 April 1892 – 18 February 2003) was a pending Irish-American supercentenarian.


Margaret Linehan was born in County Cork, Ireland, UK, (now Republic of Ireland), on 27 April 1892. She was one of nine children. Her father raised dairy cows, chickens and geese and grew vegetables, but her daughter Frances said she dreamed of a better life. “She was a very feisty lady; nothing was going to keep her down on the farm.” Margaret almost bought a ticket for the Titanic’s only voyage, but was told it was full. She sailed instead to the US aged 19 in 1912 on its sister ship, the Mauretania. She worked as a nanny to four children of a wealthy family in Hartford before training as a nurse. In 1923, Margaret married an accountant for a Boston meat company named James H Linehan. They lived in Boston for several years before settling in Portland, Maine, where her husband died in 1962. They also had one son, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Margaret Linehan died on 18 February 2003 in Portland, Maine at the age of 110 years, 297 days.