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Oldest Living American is a Clearwater Woman

At the ripe old age of 113, Clearwater's Elsie Thompson is the oldest American, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The oldest living American is a Clearwater woman who is 113 years old.

The Tampa Bay Times recently profiled Elsie Thompson, who the newspaper reports took over the title earlier this month when Mamie Rearden of South Carolina died at the age of 114.

Thompson, born on April 5, 1899, is one of only six Americans and 14 people worldwide who lived during the 19th century, according to the Times.

Those close to her told the newspaper that Thompson, who has lived in the same Imperial Cove condo since 1971, "has a happy and uplifting spirit about her." 

Read more about her life in the Times' story.

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