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BIOGRAPHY

George René Francis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, on 6 June 1896 (claimed 1897) to parents George Francis and Eliza Henderson. He left the school after sixth grade.

In 1918, he married Josephine Johnson. He was briefly a boxer in his youth.

In 1949, he moved to Sacramento, California in search of a job. During his life in Sacramento, he worked as a chauffeur, an automobile mechanic and a barber.

His wife died of cancer in 1964 at the age of 63. The couple was married for 46 years.

Francis died of congestive heart failure at a nursing home in Sacramento, California, on 27 December 2008, at the age of 112 years, 204 days. It was reported he was survived by four children, 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren.

RECOGNITION

On 8 February 2007, following the death of 110-year-old Antonio Pierro of Massachusetts, he became the oldest living man in the United States.

At the time of death, he was the second-oldest validated living man in the world, the title he shared with the Englishman Henry Allingham who was born on the same day. With a combined age of 225 years, 246 days, they were the longest-lived pair of men born the exact same day.

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