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Lucy Hannah (née Terrell;[1] July 16, 1875 – March 21, 1993) was an African American supercentenarian. Hannah is the second-oldest person from the United States and the world's fourth-oldest verified person, after Jeanne Calment, Sarah Knauss and Nabi Tajima. She is also the oldest person never to have been the world's oldest living person, since Jeanne Calment, who was about five months older, was still alive at the time of Hannah's death.[2]

Lucy Hannah
Born Lucy Terrell
(1875-07-16)July 16, 1875
Linden, Alabama, United States
Died (1993-03-21)March 21, 1993
(aged 117 years, 248 days)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Nationality African American
Known for Supercentenarian
Second oldest American woman

Before her death, Hannah claimed to be a year older, but investigation by the Social Security Administration's "Kestenbaum" study in 2003 proved that her age at death was actually 117 years, 248 days.[2]

At the time of her death in March 1993, Hannah was the oldest American ever and second oldest person ever whose age had been verified, behind only Jeanne Calment. However, Shigechiyo Izumi was still believed to be older at the time of Hannah's death.[1][3] Izumi’s record was withdrawn by Guinness World Records in 2010.

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  1. ^ a b "Official Tables from the International Committee on Supercentenarians as of 2007". 
  2. ^ a b Young, Robert (May 2010). Maier, Heiner, ed. Supercentenarians (Demographic Research Monographs). Springer. p. 249. ISBN 978-3-642-11519-6.  (pdf)
  3. ^ Craig Glenday (2011). Guinness Book of World Records. p. 211. 

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