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Adele Dunlap, Oldest Living American, Turns 114

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The oldest living American, Adele Dunlap, turned 114 this week. (Roman Milert/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 06:35 AM

Adele Dunlap, who became the oldest person in America back in July, turned 114 on Monday.

There are those who are taken aback by the fact Dunlap was born in 1902, the same year Americans saw Teddy Roosevelt become the first president to ride in an automobile, but Dunlap isn’t as phased by her impressive longevity.

When Dunlap, a New Jersey resident, was asked what she was thankful for on her birthday, she told NJ.com, “Gee, how should I know?”

She didn’t give much thought to any birthday wishes either.

“I’ve never thought of such a thing,” Dunlap said. “I don’t wish for anything.”

Dunlap became the oldest American after Goldie Michelson of Massachusetts died July 8 of this year at the age of 113.

Along with being the oldest person in the nation, Dunlap is also among the top 10 oldest people in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

Dunlap’s son, Earl, didn’t give the impression his mother did anything special to live as long as she has.

Dunlap told CBS his mother “never went out jogging or anything like that.”

“She’s not really thin, but she never weighed more than 140 pounds,” he added. “She smoked, and when my father had his first heart attack, they both stopped. I think she ate anything she wanted.”

In August, Republican U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance and state Assemblyman Erik Peterson visited Dunlap at Country Arch Care Center, where she has lived since the age of 99.

“My own father lived just short of 99, and he was a mere youth compared to Adele Dunlap,” Lance said, NJ.com reported.

Dunlap said she stopped counting her birthdays after she turned 104.

When asked how it felt to be the oldest person in a nation of more than 300 million people back in July, Dunlap said, “I don’t feel any different. Just the same,” USA Today noted.

Dunlap was also asked what it meant to her to be an American; a question to which she replied, “Well, I’ve never been anything else.”

Italy resident Emma Morano, 117, is the oldest woman in the world. Her birthday was last month.

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