LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Ernest Peronneau of the United States at age 112. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina, United States on 7 March 1902. He was a husband and a father to 2 sons.

As a young man. (Source: NY1)

As a young man.
(Source: NY1)

Peronneau was a civil rights activist who worked for the NAACP, which was located at Abyssinian Baptist Church on 138th Street in Harlem. He worked with civil rights activists like W.E.B. Du Bois and Walter Francis White. Peronneau was actively involved in the Marcus Garvey Movement. His travels took him to various parts of the world, including Africa, Haiti, Brazil, Cuba, and, as he put it, “every place Africans were transported to during slavery.” In January 1948, Peronneau also joined the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. He worked as a bricklayer on the construction of many iconic buildings in The Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. However, he was forced to retire at the age of 66 due to a brain aneurysm.

In September 2013, following the death of Salustiano Sánchez Blázquez, he became the world’s oldest living man. However, at the time of his death, it was believed that Peronneau was a year younger and born in March 1903, based on information from census records. Consequently, the title was passed to Arturo Licata, who was nearly two months younger and would survive Peronneau by just under a month.

On his 112th birthday in 2014. (Photo credit: Riyad Hasan/New York Post)

On his 112th birthday in 2014.
(Photo credit: Riyad Hasan/New York Post)

On his 112th birthday, his great-grandniece remarked on how he had never smoked or drunk alcohol, and quoted one of his favorite sayings, “Take care of your body, and your body will take care of you.” Peronneau passed away in Brooklyn, New York, USA, on 26 March 2014, at the age of 112 years, 19 days. Following his death, Alexander Imich became the oldest living man in the United States.

LongeviQuest congratulates Ernest Peronneau’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Peronneau’s Directory Profile here.