Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Adele Dunlap, America's Oldest, Dies at Age 114

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Adele Dunlap, America's Oldest, Dies at Age 114

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FLEMINGTON, N.J. - A New Jersey woman who was the oldest American has died at age 114. Adele Dunlap died Sunday at a hospital near Flemington, according to the Martin Funeral Home.

She became the country's oldest person in July 2016 following the death of 113-year-old Goldie Michelson, of Worcester, Massachusetts.

A group that tracks long-living people says the oldest known person living in the U.S. now is 113-year-old Delphine Gibson, of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Dunlap didn't have an explanation for her longevity, and neither did her children. Asked once how it felt to be the oldest American, Dunlap said, "I don't feel any different.

Dunlap was born Dec. 12, 1902, in Newark, though family and caregivers said she often gave a younger age when asked how old she was. The year she was born, Theodore Roosevelt was president, Cuba gained independence from Spain, the second Boer War ended, and the U. …

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