E. Faust Tillman, Born to Freed Slaves, Dies at 114

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The world's oldest person died Sunday at the age of 114. Emma Faust Tillman, the daughter of freed slaves, was the world's oldest person for just four days; that's said to be the shortest time on record. Now, the world's oldest person is believed to reside in Japan. She is also 114.

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The world's oldest person passed away in Connecticut on Sunday at age 114. Emma Faust Tillman was the daughter of freed slaves, and she had been deeply religious since childhood, always attributing her longevity to God's will, friends and family.

Tillman was the world's oldest person for just four days - said to be the shortest time on record. So now the world's oldest person is believed to reside in Japan. She, too, is 114.

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