Susannah Mushatt Jones

Date of birth: 6 July 1899
Date of death: 12 May 2016
Lifetime duration: 116 Years, 311 Days

Susannah Mushatt Jones (6 July 1899 – 12 May 2016) was the oldest verified living person in the world from the death of 116-year-old Jeralean Talley on 17 June 2015 until her own death on 12 May 2016. At the time of her death she was the seventh-oldest verified person ever. She was also one of the last two living people verified to have been born in the 1800's along with Emma Morano of Italy. She was also the last surviving American person born in the 19th century.

As a young woman, she worked in the fields but she was determined to escape that hard existence. On 4 March 1922, she graduated from the Calhoun Boarding High School and the graduation roster recognized her for studying "Negro Music in France". After graduation she wanted to become a teacher and was accepted to Tuskegee Institute's Teacher's Program. However, her parents did not have enough money to pay for her college, so in 1923, she moved to New York during the early stages of the Harlem Renaissance.
Country: USA