Lucy <I>Terrell</I> Hannah

Lucy Terrell Hannah

Linden, Marengo County, Alabama, USA
Death 21 Mar 1993 (aged 117)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 58077207 · View Source
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Lucy (Terrell) Hannah
July 16, 1875 – March 21, 1993

Lucy (Terrell) Hannah was an American supercentenarian. Hannah is the fourth-oldest verified person on record and the oldest African American ever, as well as the oldest living American at the time of her death. She is also the oldest person ever not to have held the title of oldest living person, since her final years coincided with those of Jeanne Calment, the oldest documented person on record.

In certain scientific circles, Hannah is considered the third-oldest person ever, though Guinness recognizes her as fourth, after the famous Jeanne Calment (1875–1997), the disputed Shigechiyo Izumi (1865?–1986) and Sarah Knauss (1880–1999), the only American who has ever eclipsed her longevity. Therefore, at the time of her death, she was the oldest undisputed person to have ever died (although Calment, then living, had already surpassed Hannah's age at death by five months).

Hannah was born Lucy Terrell in Linden, Alabama and died in Detroit, where she had moved to escape the racial tensions of the deep South. At Hannah's death, her family claimed she had been 118, which is backed by her SSDI listing, but the case escaped more than local media notice. However, further investigation by the Social Security Administration's Kestenbaum Study more than 10 years later verified her age at death as having been 117 years and 248 days.


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  • Created by: Daryl & Barbara (Biggs) Mallett
  • Added: 2 Sep 2010
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