Oldest American Celebrates 114th Birthday

Delphine Gibson was born in SC in 1903
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2017 12:05 AM CDT
In this photo provided by Pennsylvania's Department of Aging, Delphine Gibson is visited by Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, at AristaCare Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017,   (Drew Wilburne)

(Newser) – The oldest known living person in the United States is celebrating her 114th birthday in Pennsylvania. The state Aging Department says Delphine Gibson hit the milestone Thursday, getting a personal greeting from the governor, the AP reports. Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1903 and moved to Pennsylvania after marrying Taylor Gibson in 1928. She's been a resident of AristaCare in Huntingdon Park for the past 15 years. Teresa Osborne, Pennsylvania's secretary of aging, says Gibson attributes her long life to a faith in God. She's a member of Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church. (A 114-year-old New Jersey woman died earlier this year.)

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