New York Woman To Celebrate 114th Birthday, Believed To Be Oldest Living American

Woman to celebrate 114th birthday, believed to be oldest living American

Murphy, who lives in Harlem, will turn 114 years old on Saturday but the celebration will start early with her being honored Friday at the Harlem State Office Building WNBC reported.

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Murphy, who is now the oldest living American, was born in North Carolina in 1905. Her birthday was confirmed by the Gerontology Research Group based in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

She raised two children on her own after her husband died, WNBC reported.

Murphy became the oldest living American when the former titleholder, Lessie Brown of Ohio, died in January at the age of 114, The Associated Press reported

The oldest person in the world is believed to be Kane Tanaka, a Japanese woman who lives on the island of Kyushu, at the age of 116, according to the Gerontology Research Group

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