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Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson
Birth: 8 July 1895
Louisiana, USA
Death: 9 January 2007
Port Arthur, Texas
Age: 111 years, 185 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Thomas Dewey Nelson, Sr. (6/8 July 1894/1895 - 9 January 2007) was a validated American supercentenarian.


Thomas Nelson was born in Louisiana, USA, on 8 July 1895. He moved to Port Arthur, Texas and married a woman named Octavia. Together, they had 7 children. They opened a candy store in 1937 called Nelson's Confectionery. He finally closed the shop in 2002. Each year, on Christmas and on birthdays, he gave his children and grandchildren a $2 bill. On weekends, he visited his grandchildren and made oatmeal in the morning. He received congratulations from members of his local community and from U.S. President George W. Bush. At the time of his 111/112th birthday in July 2006, he had 21 grandchildren and "numerous great-grandchildren"[1].

At the time of his death in 9 January 2007 aged 111/112? years, 185/187? days, he was the oldest man in the United States and the second-oldest if the US territory of Puerto Rico is included (Emiliano Mercado del Toro, who was living in Puerto Rico, was older and died 15 days after Nelson).

While he is verified as born in 1895, a rechecking of his case suggested he was possibly born in 1894, as his 1900 census record lists his birth month as "July 1894".[2].


  1. "Candy store owner turns 111". The Port Arthur News, 8 July 2006.
  2. 1900 Census, says "Jul 1894"

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