Elsie Thompson

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Elsie Thompson
Elsie Thompson.jpg
Born Elsie Marie Calvert
April 5, 1899[1]
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, U.S.[2]
Died March 21, 2013
(aged 113 years, 350 days)
Clearwater, Florida, U.S.[3]
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Ronald L. Thompson (1899-1986)
(m.1921–1986; his death)[2]
Children One: George Thompson (b.1941)
Parent(s) Joseph Calvert and Ida Johnston[4]
  • 3 grandchildren[3]
  • 6 great-grandchildren

Elsie Marie Thompson (née Calvert; April 5, 1899 – March 21, 2013)[1][2][3][5][6] was an American supercentenarian who was thought to have been the oldest living American from the death of 114-year-old Mamie Rearden on 2 January 2013 until her own death. However, Gertrude Weaver's subsequent verification after Thompson's death means she was in fact the second oldest.


Elsie Marie Calvert was born on April 5, 1899. In 1921, she married Ronald L. Thompson (August 19, 1899–June 19, 1986), an Army veteran of both World Wars and a Republican politician who served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for twelve years.[2][7] She was a flexitarian (she avoided meat outside of chicken and salmon), and enjoyed coffee and cookies. She was a Republican and a Christian, and enjoyed singing hymns.

Thompson cited her love of people as her reason for a long life.[2]

She died of congestive heart failure at her home in Clearwater, Florida on Thursday, March 21, 2013, two weeks before her 114th birthday.[3] After her death, Jeralean Talley was believed to be the new oldest living American. However, when the age of Gertrude Weaver (born 1898) was certified in 2014, Rearden, Thompson and Talley all lost the title of the oldest living American (though Talley subsequently became the oldest living American and the oldest undisputed living person in the world upon Weaver's death on April 6, 2015).[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Oldest Validated Living Supercentenarians". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Brassfield, Mike (April 4, 2010). "Second oldest person in Florida, Clearwater woman turns 111". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Beaver Falls native reveled in being oldest living American - Timesonline.com: Local News
  4. ^ "Elsie Calvert in Joseph Calvert's family, "United States Census, 1900"". Family Search. 
  5. ^ "Clearwater resident celebrates 110 years of living". Tampa Bay Times. 
  6. ^ Castillo, Piper (April 6, 2011). "Florida's oldest at 112, she celebrates birthday in her Clearwater condo". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Thompson, O to R". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Meet the World’s New Oldest Living Person". Time. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
Preceded by
Onie Ponder
Oldest living person in Florida
December 31, 2010 – March 21, 2013
Succeeded by
Antonia Gerena Rivera