World`s oldest living person

London: A great-great-grandmother from USA has made it to the record books.

Besse Cooper from Georgia has been officially recognised as the world`s oldest living person at 114 years and six months, reports the Telegraph.

Since her birth in 1896 Cooper has seen 21 different presidents from Grover Cleveland to Barack Obama, and lived through two world wars and the great depression.

The hendecagenarian was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest person on earth at a ceremony at her nursing home this week.

Cooper was bestowed with the title after the death of Eunice G Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas last month.

As one of eight siblings she led an active childhood, climbing trees and splashing through rivers in Sullivan County, Tennessee with her older brothers and it was that, along with good genes, that her son Sid believes is the secret of her longevity.

Cooper was married in the 1920s and remained with her husband for 40 years, though he died almost half a century ago.

The couple had four children, a dozen grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, one of whom has their own child.

At her 113th birthday celebration in 2009, she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "I mind my business and I don``t eat junk food."


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