List of the 100 oldest members of the United States House of Representatives

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This is a list of the 100 oldest voting members of the United States House of Representatives. It is compiled from representatives who have lived the longest, irrespective of their age while in office. Maurice Thatcher holds the record for the longest lifespan at 102 years, 144 days as of his death on January 6, 1973. The oldest living person is Ken Hechler at age 99 years, 308 days and he will become the oldest ever if he is still alive on February 12, 2017. The living representative that is closest to entering this list is Larry Winn at age 94 years, 337 days.

      Deceased       Living

Rank Representative State District(s) Served Party Date of birth Date of death Age
1 Maurice Thatcher Kentucky 5 1923–1933 Republican August 15, 1870 January 6, 1973 102 years, 144 days
2 Cornelius Cole California At-large 1863–1865 Republican September 17, 1822 November 3, 1924 102 years, 47 days
3 Hamilton Fish III New York 26 1920–1945 Republican December 7, 1888 January 18, 1991 102 years, 42 days
4 Peter J. De Muth Pennsylvania 30 1937–1939 Democratic January 1, 1892 April 3, 1993 101 years, 92 days
5 Earl H. Beshlin Pennsylvania 28 1917–1919 Democratic April 28, 1870 July 12, 1971 101 years, 75 days
6 Henry R. Gibson Tennessee 2 1895–1905 Republican December 24, 1837 May 25, 1938 100 years, 152 days
7 Augustus F. Hawkins California 21, 29 1963–1991 Democratic August 31, 1907 November 10, 2007 100 years, 71 days
8 Charles S. Dewey Illinois 9 1941–1945 Republican November 10, 1880 December 27, 1980 100 years, 47 days
9 Lemuel W. Royse Indiana 13 1895–1899 Republican January 19, 1847 December 18, 1946 99 years, 333 days
10 Ken Hechler West Virginia 4 1959–1977 Democratic September 20, 1914 Living 99 years, 308 days
11 Glenn Andrews Alabama 4 1965–1967 Republican January 15, 1909 September 25, 2008 99 years, 254 days
12 Don Edwards California 9, 10, 16 1963–1995 Democratic January 6, 1915 Living 99 years, 200 days
13 Schuyler Merritt Connecticut 4 1917–1931, 1933–1937 Republican December 16, 1853 April 1, 1953 99 years, 106 days
14 Perkins Bass New Hampshire 2 1955–1963 Republican October 6, 1912 October 25, 2011 99 years, 19 days
15 Miles C. Allgood Alabama 7, 5 1923–1935 Democratic February 22, 1878 March 4, 1977 99 years, 10 days
16 John N. Garner Texas 15 1903–1933 Democratic November 22, 1868 November 7, 1967 98 years, 350 days
17 Paine Wingate New Hampshire At-large 1793–1795 Anti-Administration May 14, 1739 March 7, 1838 98 years, 297 days
18 Artemas Hale Massachusetts 9 1845–1849 Whig October 20, 1783 August 3, 1882 98 years, 287 days
19 Mike Mansfield Montana 1 1943–1953 Democratic March 16, 1903 October 5, 2001 98 years, 203 days
20 LaFayette L. Patterson Alabama 5 1928–1933 Democratic August 23, 1888 March 3, 1987 98 years, 192 days
21 William F. Walsh New York 33 1973–1979 Republican July 11, 1912 January 8, 2011 98 years, 181 days
22 John H. Lewis Illinois 9 1881–1883 Republican July 21, 1830 January 6, 1929 98 years, 169 days
23 William H. Avery Kansas 1, 2 1955–1965 Republican August 11, 1911 November 4, 2009 98 years, 85 days
24 George W. Palmer New York 16 1857–1861 Republican January 13, 1818 March 12, 1916 98 years, 59 days
25 Edouard Izac California 20, 23 1937–1947 Democratic December 18, 1891 January 18, 1990 98 years, 31 days
26 John S. Wold Wyoming At-large 1969–1971 Republican August 31, 1916 Living 97 years, 328 days
27 John G. Dow New York 27 1965–1969, 1971–1973 Democratic May 6, 1905 March 11, 2003 97 years, 309 days
28 Thomas Sumter South Carolina 4 1789–1793 Democratic-Republican August 14, 1734 June 1, 1832 97 years, 292 days
29 Marguerite S. Church Illinois 13 1951–1963 Republican September 27, 1892 May 26, 1990 97 years, 241 days
30 James H. Gildea Pennsylvania 13 1935–1939 Democratic October 21, 1890 June 5, 1988 97 years, 228 days
31 Franklin Menges Pennsylvania 22 1925–1931 Republican October 26, 1858 May 12, 1956 97 years, 199 days
32 Carl Vinson Georgia 10, 6 1914–1965 Democratic November 18, 1883 June 1, 1981 97 years, 195 days
33 Margaret Chase Smith Maine 2 1940–1949 Republican December 14, 1897 May 29, 1995 97 years, 166 days
34 Lindy Boggs Louisiana 2 1973–1991 Democratic March 13, 1916 July 27, 2013 97 years, 136 days
35 Jacob E. Davis Ohio 6 1941–1943 Democratic October 31, 1905 February 28, 2003 97 years, 120 days
36 Addison James Kentucky 3 1907–1909 Republican February 27, 1850 June 10, 1947 97 years, 103 days
37 Ivor D. Fenton Pennsylvania 13, 12 1939–1963 Republican August 3, 1889 October 23, 1986 97 years, 81 days
38 Virginia E. Jenckes Indiana 6 1933–1939 Democratic November 6, 1877 January 9, 1975 97 years, 64 days
39 Albert H. Bosch New York 5 1953–1960 Republican October 30, 1908 November 21, 2005 97 years, 22 days
40 Victor Christgau Minnesota 1 1929–1933 Republican September 20, 1894 October 10, 1991 97 years, 20 days
41 James McGrew West Virginia 2 1869–1873 Republican September 14, 1813 September 18, 1910 97 years, 4 days
42 William Williamson South Dakota 3 1921–1933 Republican October 7, 1875 July 15, 1972 96 years, 282 days
43 Mario Biaggi New York 24, 10, 19 1969–1988 Democratc October 26, 1917 Living 96 years, 272 days
44 Daniel Sheffer Pennsylvania 12 1837–1839 Democratic May 24, 1783 February 16, 1880 96 years, 268 days
45 Elizabeth Hawley Gasque[note 1] South Carolina 6 1938–1939 Democratic February 26, 1893 November 2, 1989 96 years, 249 days
46 Isaac H. Taylor Ohio 18 1885–1887 Republican April 18, 1840 December 18, 1936 96 years, 244 days
47 Theodore B. Werner South Dakota 2 1933–1937 Democratic June 2, 1892 January 24, 1989 96 years, 236 days
48 Newt V. Mills Louisiana 5 1937–1943 Democratic September 27, 1899 May 15, 1996 96 years, 231 days
49 Charles G. Bond New York 8 1921–1923 Republican May 29, 1877 January 10, 1974 96 years, 226 days
50 Ellis Y. Berry South Dakota 2 1951–1971 Republican October 6, 1902 April 1, 1999 96 years, 177 days
51 William H. Hill New York 34 1919–1921 Republican March 23, 1876 July 24, 1972 96 years, 123 days
52 Ephraim R. Eckley Ohio 17 1863–1869 Republican December 9, 1811 March 27, 1908 96 years, 109 days
53 John Phillips California 22, 29 1943–1957 Republican September 11, 1887 December 18, 1983 96 years, 98 days
54 John E. Weeks Vermont 1 1931–1933 Republican June 14, 1853 September 10, 1949 96 years, 88 days
55 J. Warren Keifer Ohio 8, 4, 7 1877–1885, 1905–1911 Republican January 30, 1836 April 22, 1932 96 years, 83 days
56 Joseph Grinnell Massachusetts 10 1843–1851 Whig November 17, 1788 February 7, 1885 96 years, 82 days
57 Isidore Dollinger New York 24, 23 1949–1959 Democratic November 13, 1903 January 30, 2000 96 years, 78 days
58 Jennings Randolph West Virginia 2 1933–1947 Democratic March 8, 1902 May 8, 1998 96 years, 61 days
59 Bruce Alger Texas 5 1955–1965 Republican June 12, 1918 Living 96 years, 43 days
60 Amos R. Webber Ohio 14 1904–1907 Republican January 21, 1852 February 25, 1948 96 years, 35 days
61 Harold M. Ryan Michigan 14 1962–1965 Democratic February 6, 1911 March 8, 2007 96 years, 30 days
62 Donald E. Tewes Wisconsin 2 1957–1959 Republican August 4, 1916 August 29, 2012 96 years, 25 days
63 Jessie Sumner Illinois 18 1939–1947 Republican July 17, 1898 August 10, 1994 96 years, 24 days
64 Samuel Thatcher Massachusetts 12 1802–1805 Federalist July 1, 1776 July 18, 1872 96 years, 17 days
65 William Scranton Pennsylvania 10 1961–1963 Republican July 19, 1917 July 28, 2013 96 years, 9 days
66 Arthur A. Link North Dakota 2 1971–1973 Democratic May 24, 1914 June 1, 2010 96 years, 8 days
67 Levi P. Morton New York 11 1879–1881 Republican May 16, 1824 May 16, 1920 96 years, 0 days
68 Gale H. Stalker New York 37 1923–1935 Republican November 7, 1889 November 4, 1985 95 years, 362 days
69 Joseph H. Shull Pennsylvania 26 1903–1905 Democratic August 17, 1848 August 9, 1944 95 years, 358 days
70 Thomas J. Lane Massachusetts 7 1941–1963 Democratic July 6, 1898 June 14, 1994 95 years, 343 days
71 Peter W. Rodino New Jersey 10 1949–1989 Democratic June 7, 1909 May 7, 2005 95 years, 334 days
72 Clinton D. McKinnon California 23 1949–1953 Democratic February 5, 1906 December 29, 2001 95 years, 327 days
73 James D. Martin Alabama 7 1965–1967 Republican September 1, 1918 Living 95 years, 327 days
74 Eugene Black Texas 1 1915–1929 Democratic July 2, 1879 May 22, 1975 95 years, 324 days
75 Laurence Curtis Massachusetts 10 1953–1963 Republican September 3, 1893 July 11, 1989 95 years, 311 days
76 Joseph E. Ransdell Louisiana 5 1899–1913 Democratic October 7, 1858 July 27, 1954 95 years, 293 days
77 William W. Crapo Massachusetts 1 1875–1883 Republican May 16, 1830 February 28, 1926 95 years, 288 days
78 Edwin A. Hall New York 34, 37 1939–1953 Republican February 11, 1909 October 18, 2004 95 years, 250 days
79 John H. Hoeppel California 12 1933–1937 Democratic February 10, 1881 September 21, 1976 95 years, 224 days
80 Horace Binney Pennsylvania 2 1833–1835 Anti-Jacksonian January 4, 1780 August 12, 1875 95 years, 220 days
81 Ray J. Madden Indiana 1 1943–1977 Democratic February 25, 1892 September 28, 1987 95 years, 215 days
82 Stephen M. Young Ohio At-large 1933–1937, 1941–1943, 1949–1951 Democratic May 4, 1889 December 1, 1984 95 years, 211 days
83 Lester L. Wolff New York 3, 6 1965–1981 Democratic January 4, 1919 Living 95 years, 202 days
84 Charles S. Gubser California 10 1953–1974 Republican February 1, 1916 August 20, 2011 95 years, 200 days
85 Paul A. Fino New York 25, 24 1961–1965 Republican December 15, 1913 June 16, 2009 95 years, 183 days
86 Charles N. Pray Montana At-large 1907–1913 Republican April 6, 1868 September 12, 1963 95 years, 159 days
87 Neil Staebler Michigan At-large 1963–1965 Democratic July 11, 1905 December 8, 2000 95 years, 150 days
88 Perry Belmont New York 1 1881–1888 Democratic December 28, 1851 May 25, 1947 95 years, 148 days
89 Walter Judd Minnesota 5 1943–1963 Republican September 25, 1898 February 13, 1994 95 years, 141 days
90 Ranulf Compton Connecticut 3 1943–1945 Republican September 16, 1878 January 26, 1974 95 years, 132 days
91 Peter Frelinghuysen Jr. New Jersey 5 1953–1975 Republican January 17, 1916 May 23, 2011 95 years, 126 days
92 Zadoc L. Weatherford Alabama 7 1940–1941 Democratic February 4, 1888 May 21, 1983 95 years, 106 days
93 John J. Allen Jr. California 7 1947–1959 Republican November 27, 1899 March 7, 1995 95 years, 100 days
94 Lamar Jeffers Alabama 4 1921–1935 Democratic April 16, 1888 June 1, 1983 95 years, 46 days
95 Thomas Parran Sr. Maryland 5 1911–1913 Republican February 12, 1860 March 29, 1955 95 years, 45 days
96 John H. Rice Maine 5, 4 1861–1867 Republican February 5, 1816 March 14, 1911 95 years, 37 days
97 Clarence G. Burton Virginia 6 1948–1953 Democratic December 14, 1886 January 18, 1982 95 years, 35 days
98 Thomas Abernethy Mississippi 4, 1 1943–1973 Democratic May 16, 1903 June 11, 1998 95 years, 26 days
99 Harry P. Jeffrey Ohio 3 1943–1945 Republican December 26, 1901 January 4, 1997 95 years, 9 days
100 Thomas G. Morris New Mexico At-large 1959–1969 Democratic August 20, 1919 Living 94 years, 339 days

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  1. ^ Elizabeth Hawley Gasque's exact year of birth is disputed. She is believed to have been born in either 1886 or 1893 which makes her at least as old as listed.

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