“World’s Oldest Man” Turns 114

Walter Breuning, recognized by the Guinness World Records and the Gerontology Research Group as the world’s oldest living male, celebrated his 114th birthday on Tuesday at the Rainbow Retirement Community in Great Falls, Montana.

Breuning took the title as world’s oldest man in July 2009 when Henry Allingham of Britain died at the age of 113. Breuning was born on September 21, 1896, in Minnesota. He has lived in Montana since 1918. He married Agnes Twonkey in 1922, but their marriage failed to produce a child. She died in 1957 and he never married again.

The Guinness World Records presented Breuning a copy of the book’s 2011 edition during his birthday celebration at the retirement home, where the super centenarian reportedly gave a brief speech to guests who included Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. Guinness official Robert Young joked during the book presentation that Breuning was not included in the records last year because “he was too young.”