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Walter Seward
Walter Seward
Birth: 13 October 1896
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Death: 14 September 2008
Livingston, New Jersey, USA
Age: 111 years, 337 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Walter Hamilton Seward (13 October 1896 – 14 September 2008) was an American lawyer and supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Walter Seward was born in Toledo, Ohio, USA on 13 October 1896. His parents were Augustus Seward and Mae (née Hamilton) Seward. He had three siblings.

He attended high school in Vineland and went on to Rutgers College on a state scholarship, attending with Paul Robeson, and graduating Cum Laude in 1917. Seward graduated Harvard Law School in 1924, amongst such luminaries as future Florida Senator Claude Pepper. His instructors included future Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. He practiced property and title law in New York and New Jersey into the 1990s. In the 1930s, he worked as an attorney with the Home Owners' Loan Corporation, a New Deal agency established to strengthen the liquidity of mortgage lenders and to refinance homes to prevent foreclosure.

He married Florence Gardner and had two children: Jonathan Seward and Marymae Henley.

At the time of his death, the third-oldest validated man living in the United States (behind George Francis, and Walter Breuning) and the sixth-oldest man in the world (behind Tomoji Tanabe, Henry Allingham, Francis, Breuning, and Augusto Moreira). He was also the validated oldest recognized living person in New Jersey.

Seward was well-known before his centenarian years as he was an accomplished lawyer. To this day, he remains the oldest validated man born in Ohio and the oldest validated man to die in New Jersey (though Alphaeus Philemon Cole was born in New Jersey and lived to a greater age; he died in New York).

Seward died in Livingston, New Jersey, USA on 14 September 2008 at the age of 111 years, 337 days. He was survived by one son Jonathan Seward, one daughter Marymae Henley, and two grandsons Ethan and Logan.