Walter Breuning stopped smoking cigars at age 103 because they became too expensive. At age 108, he began smoking cigars again after receiving a lot of gifts of cigars. He ultimately ended up living to age 114.5 and was the second-last verified surviving man born in the 1800s.

Walter Breuning

Walter Breuning (September 21, 1896 – April 14, 2011) was an American supercentenarian who was the oldest recognized living man in the world between July 18, 2009 and his death. As of 2021, Breuning was the third-oldest verified American man ever, behind Danish-born Christian Mortensen and Mathew Beard, as well as the second-oldest man ever born in the United States. At the time of his death, he was the fourth-oldest verified man ever; as of 2021, he is the fifth-oldest.

Biography

Walter Breuning in seventh grade, second from left, top row with blue “x”, October 1907

Walter Breuning was born in Melrose, Minnesota. He was the son of John and Cora (née Morehouse) Breuning, and had two brothers and two sisters. In 1901, when he was… Continue Reading (7 minute read)

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  1. ReadBastiat

    Homeboy was too old to serve in WWII.

  2. No-Pizda-For-You

    I bet his parents were disappointed when he resumed smoking cigars again

  3. The_Jizzbot

    Nearly got to 115!

    Close, but no cigar

  4. TheSilverCube

    Imagine being 80 and being like ‘I’m gonna live for another 34 years.’

  5. butt-sandwich

    My great grandmother stopped smoking at 94 when our government upped the tax. Cold turkey after 80 years of chain smoking.

  6. reconknucktly

    When I was a wee lad one of the Olde Chruch Ladies had a 101st birthday in 2000 successfully living in 3 centuries!

  7. PetuniaWhale

    My grandfather stopped smoking his pipe after a quadruple bypass at 70. At 85 he said “why the heck am I avoiding tobacco?” and became a cigar aficionado

  8. masemsti

    Wait, it also says he broke his hip when he was was 108 and it healed after 21 days???

  9. boknowcrypto

    His secret from the page: “If you keep your mind busy and keep your body busy, you’re going to be around a long time”.

  10. ethbullrun

    my coworkers dad was born in 1900 and was probably conceived in 1899. my coworker remembers the ice man and the invention of the fridge. he said getting a fridge when they first came out was cooler than having a brand new car.

  11. Meem_Masheen

    This guy entered his teens twice.

  12. aaliceb

    Jeeeez, 32 years living in an assisted living facility!! Such a long time. And he moved there at 83! Amazing

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