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Happy 114th Birthday to the Oldest Living American!
Posted By Patrick Kiger On May 23, 2013 @ 9:32 pm In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled
OK, so Jeralean Talley  of Inkster, Mich., who was born on May 23, 1899, isn’t quite the oldest person in the world — that distinction belongs to Jiromon Kimura , a Japanese man who turned 116 in April.
That said, the oldest living American has been around for a long, long time.
When Talley was born in Montrose, Ga., William McKinley was President, Henry Ford  was just getting started as an automobile maker, music was played on phonographs with big horns  instead of speakers, and people paid for things with silver dollars . The Internet didn’t exist, but everyone was pretty excited about Guglielmo Marconi’s recently invented wireless telegraph . Women couldn’t yet vote, and African Americans were still subject to “Jim Crow” laws  that legalized racial discrimination. The U.S. flag had only 45 stars . Quite clearly, Talley has lived through some gigantic changes and historic events in her 114 years.
But enough about that. Here are some fascinating facts about Jeralean Talley, brought to you on her 114th birthday:
Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kinloch
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URLs in this post:
 Jeralean Talley: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/05/23/happy-114th-birthday-to-jeralean-talley-the-oldest-living-american/
 Jiromon Kimura: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/japanese-man-115-becomes-worlds-oldest-person
 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/talley.jpg
 Henry Ford: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/henry-ford-leaves-edison-to-start-automobile-company
 phonographs with big horns: http://www.retrosnapshots.com/1899-thomas-edison-phonograph-advertising-poster.html#.UZ42SLVOR8E
 silver dollars: http://cointrackers.com/coins/395/1899-morgan-silver-dollar/
 wireless telegraph: http://earlyradiohistory.us/1899marc.htm
 “Jim Crow” laws: http://www.nps.gov/malu/forteachers/jim_crow_laws.htm
 45 stars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US_flag_45_stars.svg
 USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/03/michigan-woman-now-the-oldest-person-in-us/2048277/
 told an interviewer: http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=303999#.UZ49jbVOR8E
 Detroit Free Press: http://www.freep.com/article/20130523/NEWS02/305230077/Talley-oldest-American-114
 interview: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/04/03/oldest-american-is-113-year-old-inkster-woman/
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