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Gertrude Baines

American supercentenarian, oldest living person in the world

Gertrude Baines (April 6, 1894 – September 11, 2009) was an American supercentenarian. She was the oldest person in the world from January 2, 2009 until her death on September 11, 2009. She was the last person known to have been born in 1894 and the oldest ever person to have been born in that year.

Gertrude Baines
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Baines on her 115th birthday on April 6, 2009, aged 115
BornApril 6, 1894
DiedSeptember 11, 2009
(aged 115 years, 158 days)
Los Angeles, California, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
NationalityAfrican-American
Known forOldest verified person in the world (2 January 2009 – 11 September 2009)

Personal historyEdit

Gertrude Baines married Sam Conley at a very young age and had one daughter who died of typhoid fever at the age of 18. Baines was known to have been living in Hartford, Connecticut before moving to Ohio, where she worked as a maid at the Ohio State University. She later moved to California, where she lived on her own until age 105. She spent her final years at the Western Convalescent Center in Jefferson Park, Los Angeles.

LongevityEdit

  • March 2, 2006 – Marion Higgins died, Baines became the oldest person in California.
  • November 11, 2008 – Baines became the oldest ever person to be born in the state of Georgia.
  • November 26, 2008 – Edna Parker died, Baines became the oldest living American.
  • December 6, 2008 – Catherine Hagel died, Baines became the last known person to have been born in 1894.
  • January 2, 2009 – Maria de Jesus died, Baines became the oldest living person.
Preceded by
Maria de Jesus
Oldest Recognized Living Person
January 2, 2009 – September 11, 2009
Succeeded by
Kama Chinen