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Moses Hardy
Moses Hardy
Birth: 6 January 1894
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Death: 7 December 2006
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Age: 112 years, 335 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Moses Hardy (6 January 1894 – 7 December 2006) was a validated American supercentenarian who was, at the age of 112 years, 335 days, the world's second-oldest living man after Emiliano Mercado del Toro and the last known surviving black veteran of World War I. He was also the oldest living man in the United States since the death of Earl Brush on 10 January 2005. He claimed to have been born in 1893, which would have made him 113 at the time of his death instead of 112. Some evidence, such as the 1910 census, supported 1893, but the earliest document available, the 1900 census, listed Moses Hardy as born in January 1894.


Hardy was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA, near the border between Alabama and Mississippi, on 6 January 1894. His parents, Morris and Nancy Hardy, were both born slaves (Morris was born in Texas in 1830, Nancy in Mississippi in 1849). Morris and Nancy married on 19 February 1868. Moses was their youngest child, one of nine. The couple purchased a 274-acre farm near Aberdeen in 1874. He farmed at a young age, and married Fannie Lou Marshall. Three months after his marriage, he was drafted and sent to Camp Funston, Kansas, and served in France in the 805th Pioneer Infantry for 39 days from July 1918 to July 1919.

Moses Hardy died in Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA on 7 December 2006 at the age of 112 years, 335 days. He is the oldest validated man ever from the U.S. state of Mississippi.



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