5 April 1899Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States


21 March 2013Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, United States



Elsie Thompson

Elsie Marie Thompson (née Calvert) was an American supercentenarian who was believed to have been the former oldest living person in the United States until the validation of Gertrude Weaver in July 2014. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and recognised by LongeviQuest (LQ).

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Thompson was born as Elsie Marie Calvert in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, on 5 April 1899. She married Ronald “Ron” Thompson in 1921 and had a son, George. Her husband was a veteran of both World Wars.

Thompson and her husband, a former Pennsylvania state senator, moved to Clearwater, Florida, in 1971. She was widowed in 1986.

On Thompson’s 111th birthday, she stated that the secret to her longevity was, “I love people.”

As a supercentenarian, Thompson remained active, living in her own home with the assistance of a caregiver, had her hair and nails done, and hosted a sizeable celebration on her 112th birthday, with family, friends, and local media in attendance.

Thompson died peacefully on 21 March 2013 in Clearwater, Florida, after a period of declining health. She was the fifth-oldest person in the world whose age has been validated. She was survived by her son George, as well as four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Thompson’s age was verified by Filipe Prista Lucas and validated by the GRG on 15 October 2009.

Thompson was believed to have become the oldest resident of the United States following the 2 January 2013 death of Mamie Rearden. However, the subsequent validation of 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver in July 2014 meant that neither Rearden nor Thompson herself held the title.

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