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William Johnson
Birth: 8 May 1881?
Los Angeles, California, USA
Death: 15 May 2009
Arkansas, USA
Age: 128 years, 7 days?
Country: United StatesUSA
Longevity claimant

William Johnson (8 May 1881? - 15 May 2009) was an American longevity claimant whose age is currently unvalidated by Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


William Johnson was born in Los Angeles, California, USA on the claimed date of 8 May 1881. He claimed to have lived in all of the continental states throughout his life. He said he served as a slave in the old South, but could only pin the location down to the Southeast. He said he retired as a bus driver for Greyhound in 1954 when the insurance company declared he was too old to insure.

When a reporter asked about his longevity and his continued ability to not only walk, but run, Johnson attributed it to the “1,872 promises God made me” in the Bible, including Genesis 6:3 which says a man would live 120 years. Johnson said he never married, but has an “adopted” family that he spends time with. His portfolio also has a number of proclamations from other states recognizing him on his longevity, including proclamations form Wisconsin, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi.

He said he was born in Los Angeles, Calif., at 9:30 a.m. May 8, 1881. He died on 15 May 2009 at the claimed age of 128 years, 7 days.