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Walter Breuning
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    (September 21, 1896-April 14, 2011)
    Born in Melrose, Minnesota
    Resided in Great Falls, Montana
    Retired railroader
    Became the World's Oldest Man following the death of Henry Allingham (July 18, 2009-April 14, 2011)
    Oldest recognized living person (January 31, 2011-April 14, 2011)
    Last surviving man from the United States who was born in 1896
    Died of natural causes at age 114 years, 205 days
    He had his first haircut on the day when William McKinley was assassinated (September 14, 1901).
    He dropped out of school as a teenager.
    He wasn't called up to serve in World War I after he was signed up for the U.S. military.
    He was a member of the Freemasons.
    He smoked cigars until he was 103 years old.
    He took a job working on the Great Northern Railway at age 17 (tycoon James Jerome Hill didn't want workers who were under 18 years old).
    He grew up in a house with no electricity or running water.
    He was married to his wife Agnes C. Breuning for 35 years until her death in 1957.
    He recovered from colon cancer and a broken hip.
    He quoted about his secret longevity: 'If you keep your mind busy and keep your body busy, you're going to be around a long time.'
    He was the United States' oldest retired railroad worker at the time he reached his 110th birthday.
    Despite eating two meals a day, he had good health in his later years.
    While a centenarian, he still had the ability to walk, an accurate memory and a good mind.
    He had no fear of death.

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