Saturday, January 17, 2009

Man of 3 Centuries

I thought this recent story and article about George Rene Francis (1896- 2008) was interesting and touching. George was the oldest living man in the United States until a few weeks ago. He was a supercentenarian, living until the age of 112.

George is survived by 18 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great grandchildren. He lived 4 years in the 19th century, 100 years in the 20th century, and 8 years in the 21st century!

As a young man growing up poor in segregated New Orleans, George experienced his share of hard times. This past November George cast his vote for the first African-American president, Barack Obama. He was delighted. When George was an infant, William McKinley was president!

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