Mae Harrington née Maxwell (January 20, 1889 – December 29, 2002) was an American supercentenarian who became the oldest person in the history of the state of New York, breaking the record held since the 1920s by then world's oldest person Delina Filkins, also 113, but her own record was subsequently broken in 2005 by Grace Thaxton, who was born in the state before moving to and dying in Kentucky. Because her age was not authenticated during her lifetime, the public recognition she was due went to another 113-year-old, Mary Parr (January 29, 1889 – October 29, 2002), who was born nine days after her, dying two months before her, as her age was only validated posthumously.[1]

Harrington is listed as one of the 100 longest lived people ever and will go down if Susannah Jones enters. At her death, Harrington was the oldest living person in the United States, and may have been the oldest living person (the case of Kamato Hongo remains doubtful). After her death, Mary Christian became the oldest living person in the United States, and if the questionable case of Kamato Hongo is excluded, Yukichi Chuganji would have became the oldest living person, and the first man to hold that title since the disputed Shigechiyo Izumi held the title for nearly a decade.

Preceded by
Adelina Domingues
Oldest undisputed living person
August 21, 2002 – December 29, 2002
Succeeded by
Yukichi Chuganji

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