World's oldest person dies

Great-great-great grandmother to 220 passes away.


Rebecca Traister
December 13, 2006 12:37AM (UTC)

The world's oldest person, 116-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bolden, died yesterday, according to the administrator of the nursing home where she was living. Bolden was born in 1890, and was recognized as the world's oldest person by the Guinness Book of World Records. She had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-great grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great grandchildren.

Even writing that made me exhausted.

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Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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