World’s Oldest Man Celebrates 114th Birthday

September 23, 2010 |  by  |  Breaking News, Lifestyle
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GREAT FALLS, MT: Imagine living for 114 years. Although it seems unfathomable to most, it is possible. The world’s oldest man, Montana resident Walter Breuning, proved it this week by celebrating his 114th birthday. Born September 21, 1896, in Melrose, Minnesota, Mr. Breuning worked for fifty years as a Great Northern Railway clerk.

In July 2009, Breuning was named the world’s oldest man when Briton Henry Allingham passed away at age 113. Before passing, Allingham still had his wits about him and joked that the secret to long life was “cigarettes, whiskey and wild, wild women — and a good sense of humor.” Hey, it worked for him!

While celebrating his birthday at his retirement community, Breuning had pseudo-celebrity status with visitors queuing up to speak with him. He gave a speech about ”the dark ages” which started in 1901 for his family. They moved to South Dakota and lived for 11 years without water, plumbing or electricity. When asked about mankind, he said people are able to enjoy life, but they can’t be truly happy without a belief or faith. Before he finished, he had a message for the crowd. Breuning said,
”With all the hatred in this world, in this good world, let us be kind to one another.”

That is the smartest thing I’ve heard all day.


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  1. Born in 1896. That is really incredible! I had no idea the world’s oldest man lived here in the US.

  2. Happy Birthday Mr. Breuning!

  3. Check out that quote from the world’s oldest man: ”With all the hatred in this world, in this good world, let us be kind to one another.” …Very wise words from a man who really has seet it all!

  4. If you’re 114 you can basically do whatever you want. Seriously, like, if you killed someone, what are they going to do? Give you LIFE in prison? Wow, I would stay away from this man. He’s got all the power in the world and no fear of consequences.


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