John Ingram McMorran

John Ingram McMorran

John Ingram McMorran (June 19, 1889 – February 24, 2003) was an American supercentenarian and is one of the recognized oldest people in the world, living to the age of 113 years and 250 days. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=J. McMorran, 113; Oldest Man in U.S., 5th-Oldest Ever. |url= |quote= 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. |publisher=Los Angeles Times |date=February 27, 2003 |accessdate=2007-12-18 ] [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=America's Oldest Man Parties On. |url= |quote=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,' ... |publisher=Associated Press in Miami Herald |date= |accessdate=2007-12-18 ] 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). 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. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=The immortals Farewell to some of the world's more off-beat legends. |url= |quote= 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 ... |publisher=The Independent |date=December 28, 2003 |accessdate=2007-12-18 ]

After retiring to Florida, he became the oldest documented man in the United States in 2001.cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title= Briefly nation's oldest, Mary L. Parr dies at 113. |url= |quote=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. |publisher=St. Petersburg Times |date= |accessdate=2007-12-18 ] He lived at the "Tandem Healthcare" nursing home in Lakeland, Florida until his death.

Further reading

* cite news
author = Associated Press staff
url =
title = Oldest American man, 113, dies in Florida
work = World News
publisher = Sydney Morning Herald
date = February 26, 2003
accessdate = 2007-12-09

* cite web
author = Dr. L. Stephen Coles (interviewer)
url =
title = World's Second-Oldest Living Man, Mr. John McMorran
publisher = Gerontology Research Group
date = 2000-08-06
accessdate = 2007-12-17

* cite news
author = Mike Connell
url =
title = Michigan Man May Be the Oldest Living Man
work = Gerontology Research Group page on Mr. McMorran
publisher = Times Herald News
location = Port Huron, Michigan
date = 2000-08-06
accessdate = 2007-12-17

ee also

* list of the verified oldest men
* List of the verified oldest people
* Oldest people
* Supercentenarian


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