John Ingram McMorran

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John Ingram McMorran
Born (1889-06-19)June 19, 1889
Goodland Township, Michigan
Died (2003-02-24)February 24, 2003
(aged 113 years, 250 days)
Lakeland, Florida
Known for Oldest man (2001)
Parent(s) George McMorran (father)
Lydia Ingram (mother)
Relatives Lillia Elizabeth Webb (sister)

John Ingram McMorran (June 19, 1889 – February 24, 2003) was an American supercentenarian and was one of the recognized oldest people in the world, living to the age of 113 years, 250 days.[1][2] He was born in Goodland Township, Michigan, the oldest child of George McMorran (born October 15, 1859) and Lydia Ingram. Ingram McMorran was the cousin of Representative Henry Gordon McMorran (1844–1929). His sister, Lillia Elizabeth Webb née McMorran, lived to the age of 103.[3] In his youth, a fortuneteller predicted McMorran would live to age 111, but this seemingly outlandish forecast proved conservative, as barely one in six people who reach 111 live as long as McMorran finally did. At the time of his death in 2003, his grandson, Bob McMorran, was a grandfather himself, to the then five-year-old Logan Saxton. McMorran smoked, drank, and ate greasy food.[4][5]

After returning to Florida, he became the oldest documented man in the United States in 2001.[4] He lived at the Tandem Healthcare nursing home in Lakeland, Florida until his death.

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  1. ^ Oliver, Myrna (February 27, 2003). "J. McMorran, 113; Oldest Man in U.S., 5th-Oldest Ever". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-12-18. McMorran was history's fifth-oldest man, said Dr. L. Stephen Coles of the UCLA-based Gerontology Research Group, a nonprofit international research organization that verifies birth dates and tracks the 35 to 45 people around the globe who are 110 and older. Coles said that 41 people remain alive in that category, and that the oldest living American is Mary Christian – one week McMorran's senior – of San Pablo, Calif. The verifiably oldest living man in the United States, he said, is now Fred Hale of New York state, who is 112. 
  2. ^ "America's Oldest Man Parties On". Associated Press in Miami Herald. 2002-06-21. Retrieved 2007-12-18. So what does a man believed to be the oldest American do on his birthday? He has a party, of course. After 113 birthdays, they've become routine for John Ingram McMorran. For his relatives, the event was more emotional. Tears rolled down great-grandson's Scott McMorran's cheeks at Wednesday's party. 'It's not the long life [that's so important]. It's the person, not the age,' ... 
  3. ^ Social Security Death Index at
  4. ^ a b "Briefly nation's oldest, Mary L. Parr dies at 113". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-12-18. McMorran, a retired farmer and truck driver who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day at one point, became the heir apparent until Robert Douglas Young, a Los Angeles investigator for the Gerontology Research Group, found Miss Parr. 
  5. ^ "The immortals Farewell to some of the world's more off-beat legends". The Independent. December 28, 2003. John McMorran America's oldest man, who departed this world at the age of 113, despite spending more than a century smoking, drinking and eating greasy food ...