Arkansas woman becomes the oldest living American


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Arkansas woman becomes the oldest living American

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 7, 2014

Have you met the newest oldest living American?

Arkansas' very own Gertrude Weaver celebrated her 116th birthday on July 4, earning her that distinction. Weaver was born in 1898.

Weaver is now the second-oldest person in the world, considering Misao Okawa of Osaka, Japan, was born on March 5, 1898, reports Time.

Besides not drinking or smoking, Weaver attributes her longevity to "kindness."

According to Time, Weaver says, "Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you." She believes her kindness has resulted in her being blessed by the Lord.

With no major health issues, Weaver gets lots of sleep, treats herself to manicures, attends Bible study and partakes in "Sittercise," which is "wheel chair dancing," three times a week. 

Asked by Tim how she feels about being the oldest living person in the United States, Weaver simply replies, “I don’t know. I’ve never been this before.”

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.