List of the oldest living members of the United States House of Representatives

This is a list of people who, at the time of their death, were the oldest sitting or former members of the United States House of Representatives, followed by a list of the currently oldest living sitting or former Representatives.

Historical

This is a list of the people who, at the time of their death, were the oldest surviving members of the United States House of Representatives.

Begin DateEnd DateRepresentativeDate of birthHouse termState servedPartyAge (years, days)
March 4, 1789July 23, 1793Roger ShermanApril 19, 17211789–1791ConnecticutPro-Administration72 years, 95 days
July 23, 1793September 15, 1794Abraham ClarkFebruary 15, 17261791–1794New JerseyPro-Administration68 years, 212 days
September 15, 1794December 10, 1796Israel JacobsJune 9, 17261791–1793PennsylvaniaPro-Administration70 years, 184 days
December 10, 1796October 28, 1800Artemas WardNovember 26, 17271791–1795MassachusettsPro-Administration72 years, 335 days
October 28, 1800March 27, 1814William SmithApril 12, 17281789–1791MarylandAnti-Administration85 years, 349 days
March 27, 1814July 26, 1819George LeonardJuly 4, 17291789–1793
1795–1797
MassachusettsPro-Administration
Federalist
90 years, 22 days
July 26, 1819June 1, 1832Thomas SumterAugust 14, 17341789–1793
1797–1801
South CarolinaAnti-Administration
Democratic-Republican
97 years, 292 days
June 1, 1832March 7, 1838Paine WingateMay 14, 17391793–1795New HampshirePro-Administration98 years, 297 days
March 7, 1838May 22, 1842Henry SouthardOctober 7, 17471801–1811
1815–1821
New JerseyDemocratic-Republican94 years, 227 days
May 22, 1842October 18, 1843Ebenezer ElmerAugust 23, 17521801–1807New JerseyDemocratic-Republican91 years, 56 days
October 18, 1843March 6, 1844Gabriel DuvallDecember 6, 17521794–1796MarylandAnti-Administration
Democratic-Republican
91 years, 91 days
March 6, 1844March 23, 1846Laban WheatonMarch 13, 17541809–1817MassachusettsFederalist92 years, 10 days
March 23, 1846January 20, 1849Nathan ReadJuly 2, 17591800–1803MassachusettsFederalist89 years, 202 days
January 20, 1849May 26, 1851Simeon BaldwinDecember 14, 17611803–1805ConnecticutFederalist89 years, 163 days
May 26, 1851March 29, 1855John LockeFebruary 14, 17641823–1829MassachusettsAdams Republican91 years, 43 days
March 29, 1855April 8, 1857Alexander BoydSeptember 14, 17641813–1815New YorkFederalist92 years, 206 days
April 8, 1857January 23, 1858Daniel BurrowsOctober 26, 17661821–1823ConnecticutDemocratic-Republican91 years, 89 days
January 23, 1858August 3, 1863Zadock CookFebruary 18, 17691816–1819GeorgiaDemocratic-Republican94 years, 166 days
August 3, 1863July 1, 1864Josiah Quincy IIIFebruary 4, 17721805–1813MassachusettsFederalist92 years, 148 days
July 1, 1864January 2, 1866Thomas ChandlerAugust 10, 17721829–1833New HampshireJacksonian93 years, 145 days
January 2, 1866April 1, 1868James ParkerMarch 1, 17761833–1837New JerseyJacksonian92 years, 31 days
April 1, 1868July 1, 1868Samuel TweedyMarch 8, 17761833–1835ConnecticutAnti-Jacksonian92 years, 115 days
July 1, 1868December 23, 1870James I. Van Alen17761807–1809New YorkDemocratic-Republicanca. 94 yy
December 23, 1870July 18, 1872Samuel ThatcherJuly 1, 17761802–1805MassachusettsFederalist96 years, 17 days
July 18, 1872August 12, 1875Horace BinneyJanuary 4, 17801833–1835PennsylvaniaAnti-Jacksonian95 years, 220 days
August 12, 1875February 16, 1880Daniel ShefferMay 24, 17831837–1839PennsylvaniaDemocratic96 years, 268 days
February 16, 1880September 22, 1881John Alfred CuthbertJune 3, 17881819–1821GeorgiaDemocratic-Republican93 years, 111 days
September 22, 1881February 7, 1885Joseph GrinnellNovember 17, 17881843–1851MassachusettsWhig96 years, 82 days
February 7, 1885August 8, 1885James GarlandJune 6, 17911835–1841VirginiaJacksonian
Democratic
Conservative
94 years, 63 days
August 8, 1885May 7, 1886David FisherDecember 3, 17941847–1849OhioWhig91 years, 155 days
May 7, 1886January 9, 1887Elijah BabbittJuly 29, 17951859–1863PennsylvaniaRepublican91 years, 164 days
January 9, 1887June 9, 1887John Hoge EwingOctober 8, 17961845–1847PennsylvaniaWhig90 years, 244 days
June 9, 1887July 26, 1891Paul DillinghamAugust 10, 17991843–1847VermontDemocratic91 years, 350 days
July 26, 1891May 9, 1892Sidney LawrenceDecember 31, 18011847–1849New YorkDemocratic90 years, 130 days
May 9, 1892June 11, 1894John T. AndrewsMay 29, 18031837–1839New YorkDemocratic91 years, 13 days
June 11, 1894February 12, 1896Emery D. PotterOctober 7, 18041843–1845
1849–1851
OhioDemocratic91 years, 128 days
February 12, 1896January 12, 1897John W. CrisfieldNovember 8, 18061847–1849
1861–1863
MarylandWhig
Unionist
90 years, 65 days
January 12, 1897April 16, 1900John W. HunterOctober 15, 18071866–1867New YorkDemocratic92 years, 183 days
April 16, 1900March 18, 1902Daniel Wells, Jr.July 16, 18081853–1857WisconsinDemocratic93 years, 245 days
March 18, 1902April 24, 1902Edwin Hickman EwingDecember 2, 18091845–1847TennesseeWhig92 years, 143 days
April 24, 1902March 8, 1903Martin I. TownsendFebruary 6, 18101875–1879New YorkRepublican93 years, 30 days
March 8, 1903March 27, 1908Ephraim R. EckleyDecember 9, 18111863–1869OhioRepublican96 years, 109 days
March 27, 1908September 18, 1910James McGrewSeptember 14, 18131869–1873West VirginiaRepublican97 years, 4 days
September 18, 1910March 14, 1911John H. RiceFebruary 5, 18161861–1867MaineRepublican95 years, 37 days
March 14, 1911October 3, 1911John Morgan BrightJanuary 20, 18171871–1881TennesseeDemocratic94 years, 256 days
October 3, 1911March 12, 1916George William PalmerJanuary 13, 18181857–1861New YorkRepublican98 years, 59 days
March 12, 1916November 3, 1924Cornelius ColeSeptember 17, 18221863–1865CaliforniaRepublican102 years, 47 days
November 3, 1924February 28, 1926William W. CrapoMay 16, 18301875–1883MassachusettsRepublican95 years, 288 days
February 28, 1926January 6, 1929John H. LewisJuly 21, 18301881–1883IllinoisRepublican98 years, 169 days
January 6, 1929April 22, 1932J. Warren KeiferJanuary 30, 18361877–1885
1905–1911
OhioRepublican96 years, 83 days
April 22, 1932May 25, 1938Henry R. GibsonDecember 24, 18371895–1905TennesseeRepublican100 years, 152 days
May 25, 1938September 8, 1938George Frederic KribbsNovember 8, 18461891–1895PennsylvaniaDemocratic91 years, 304 days
September 8, 1938December 18, 1946Lemuel W. RoyseJanuary 19, 18471895–1899IndianaRepublican99 years, 333 days
December 18, 1946June 10, 1947Addison JamesFebruary 27, 18501907–1909KentuckyRepublican97 years, 103 days
June 10, 1947February 25, 1948Amos R. WebberJanuary 21, 18521904–1907OhioRepublican96 years, 35 days
February 25, 1948September 10, 1949John E. WeeksJune 14, 18531931–1933VermontRepublican96 years, 88 days
September 10, 1949April 1, 1953Schuyler MerrittDecember 16, 18531917–1931
1933–1937
ConnecticutRepublican99 years, 106 days
April 1, 1953July 27, 1954Joseph E. RansdellOctober 7, 18581899–1913LouisianaDemocratic95 years, 293 days
July 27, 1954May 12, 1956Franklin MengesOctober 26, 18581925–1931PennsylvaniaRepublican97 years, 199 days
May 12, 1956July 5, 1956Addison T. SmithSeptember 5, 18621913–1933IdahoRepublican93 years, 304 days
July 5, 1956January 17, 1958Michael DonohoeFebruary 22, 18641911–1915PennsylvaniaDemocratic93 years, 329 days
January 17, 1958April 29, 1958Warren A. HaggottMay 18, 18641907–1909ColoradoRepublican93 years, 346 days
April 29, 1958February 22, 1960Townsend ScudderJuly 26, 18651899–1901
1903–1905
New YorkDemocratic94 years, 211 days
February 22, 1960October 11, 1960Daniel K. HochJanuary 31, 18661943–1947PennsylvaniaDemocratic94 years, 254 days
October 11, 1960September 12, 1963Charles Nelson PrayApril 6, 18681907–1913MontanaRepublican95 years, 159 days
September 12, 1963November 7, 1967John Nance GarnerNovember 22, 18681903–1933TexasDemocratic98 years, 350 days
November 7, 1967July 12, 1971Earl Hanley BeshlinApril 28, 18701917–1919PennsylvaniaDemocratic101 years, 75 days
July 12, 1971January 6, 1973Maurice ThatcherAugust 15, 18701923–1933KentuckyRepublican102 years, 144 days
January 6, 1973January 10, 1974Charles G. BondMay 29, 18771921–1923New YorkRepublican96 years, 226 days
January 10, 1974January 9, 1975Virginia E. JenckesNovember 6, 18771933–1939IndianaDemocratic97 years, 64 days
January 9, 1975March 4, 1977Miles C. AllgoodFebruary 22, 18781923–1935AlabamaDemocratic99 years, 10 days
March 4, 1977December 27, 1980Charles S. DeweyNovember 10, 18801941–1945IllinoisRepublican100 years, 47 days
December 27, 1980June 1, 1981Carl VinsonNovember 18, 18831914–1965GeorgiaDemocratic97 years, 195 days
June 1, 1981November 2, 1989Elizabeth Hawley GasqueFebruary 26, 18861938–1939South CarolinaDemocratic103 years, 249 days
November 2, 1989January 18, 1991Hamilton Fish IIIDecember 7, 18881920–1945New YorkRepublican102 years, 42 days
January 18, 1991April 3, 1993Peter J. De MuthJanuary 1, 18921937–1939PennsylvaniaDemocratic101 years, 92 days
April 3, 1993May 29, 1995Margaret Chase SmithDecember 14, 18971940–1949MaineRepublican97 years, 166 days
May 29, 1995May 15, 1996Newt V. MillsSeptember 27, 18991937–1943LouisianaDemocratic96 years, 231 days
May 15, 1996January 4, 1997Harry P. JeffreyDecember 26, 19011943–1945OhioRepublican95 years, 9 days
January 4, 1997May 8, 1998Jennings RandolphMarch 8, 19021933–1947West VirginiaDemocratic96 years, 61 days
May 8, 1998April 1, 1999Ellis Yarnal BerryOctober 6, 19021951–1971South DakotaRepublican96 years, 177 days
April 1, 1999October 5, 2001Mike MansfieldMarch 16, 19031943–1953MontanaDemocratic98 years, 203 days
October 5, 2001March 11, 2003John G. DowMay 6, 19051965–1969
1971–1973
New YorkDemocratic97 years, 309 days
March 11, 2003November 10, 2007Augustus F. HawkinsAugust 31, 19071963–1991CaliforniaDemocratic100 years, 71 days
November 10, 2007September 25, 2008Glenn AndrewsJanuary 15, 19091965–1967AlabamaRepublican99 years, 254 days
September 25, 2008November 4, 2009William H. AveryAugust 11, 19111955–1965KansasRepublican98 years, 85 days
November 4, 2009January 8, 2011William F. WalshJuly 11, 19121973–1979New YorkRepublican–Conservative98 years, 181 days
January 8, 2011October 25, 2011Perkins BassOctober 6, 19121955–1963New HampshireRepublican99 years, 19 days
October 25, 2011December 10, 2016Ken HechlerSeptember 20, 19141959–1977West VirginiaDemocratic102 years, 81 days
December 10, 2016February 19, 2017 John S. WoldAugust 31, 19161969–1971WyomingRepublican100 years, 172 days
February 19, 2017October 30, 2017 James D. MartinSeptember 1, 19181965–1967AlabamaRepublican99 years, 59 days
October 30, 2017Present Lester L. WolffJanuary 4, 19191965–1981New YorkDemocratic99 years, 240 days

Current

This is a list of the oldest currently living former and current members of the United States House of Representatives. The list includes some politicians who were also Senators. The oldest sitting member is Sam Johnson, a Republican from Texas, who was born in 1930.

Rank Representative Date of birth House term State served Party Age (years, days)
1Lester L. WolffJanuary 4, 19191965–1981New YorkDemocratic99 years, 240 days
2Neal Edward SmithMarch 23, 19201959–1995IowaDemocratic98 years, 162 days
3Cornelius E. GallagherMarch 2, 19211959–1973New JerseyDemocratic97 years, 183 days
4Berkley BedellMarch 5, 19211975–1987IowaDemocratic97 years, 180 days
5Harry G. Haskell Jr.May 27, 19211957–1959DelawareRepublican97 years, 97 days
6Paul FindleyJune 23, 19211961–1983IllinoisRepublican97 years, 70 days
7Roger H. ZionSeptember 17, 19211967–1975IndianaRepublican96 years, 349 days
8Mike McCormackDecember 14, 19211971–1981WashingtonDemocratic96 years, 261 days
9William BroomfieldApril 28, 19221957–1993MichiganRepublican96 years, 126 days
10R. James HarveyJuly 4, 19221961–1975MichiganRepublican96 years, 59 days
11Ralph HallMay 3, 19231981–2015TexasDemocratic, Republican95 years, 121 days
12Bernard F. GrabowskiJune 11, 19231963–1967ConnecticutDemocratic95 years, 82 days
13Bob DoleJuly 22, 19231961–1969KansasRepublican95 years, 41 days
14Al QuieSeptember 18, 19231958–1979MinnesotaRepublican94 years, 348 days
15Fred RichmondNovember 15, 19231975–1982New YorkDemocratic94 years, 290 days
16Catherine Small LongFebruary 7, 19241985–1987LouisianaDemocratic94 years, 206 days
17Donald M. FraserFebruary 20, 19241963–1979MinnesotaDemocratic-Farmer-Labor94 years, 193 days
18George H. W. BushJune 12, 19241967–1971TexasRepublican94 years, 81 days
19Frank Joseph GuariniAugust 20, 19241979–1993New JerseyDemocratic94 years, 12 days
20Howard C. NielsonSeptember 12, 19241983–1991UtahRepublican93 years, 354 days
21Merwin CoadSeptember 28, 19241957–1963IowaDemocratic93 years, 338 days
22Weston E. VivianOctober 25, 19241965–1967MichiganDemocratic93 years, 311 days
23Fletcher ThompsonFebruary 5, 19251967–1973GeorgiaRepublican93 years, 208 days
24G. William WhitehurstMarch 12, 19251969–1987VirginiaRepublican93 years, 173 days
25Lucien NedziMay 28, 19251961–1981MichiganDemocratic93 years, 96 days
26Ogden ReidJune 24, 19251963–1975New YorkRepublican, Democratic93 years, 69 days
27Fred B. RooneyNovember 6, 19251963–1979PennsylvaniaDemocratic92 years, 299 days
28J. Roy RowlandFebruary 3, 19261983–1995GeorgiaDemocratic92 years, 210 days
29Elwood HillisMarch 6, 19261971–1987IndianaRepublican92 years, 179 days
30Carrie P. MeekApril 29, 19261993–2003FloridaDemocratic92 years, 125 days
Dick NicholsApril 29, 19261991–1993KansasRepublican
32Earl Dewitt HuttoMay 12, 19261979–1995FloridaDemocratic92 years, 112 days
33Mark AndrewsMay 19, 19261963–1981North DakotaRepublican92 years, 105 days
34Roscoe BartlettJune 3, 19261993–2013MarylandRepublican92 years, 90 days
35John DingellJuly 8, 19261955–2015MichiganDemocratic92 years, 55 days
36Amo HoughtonAugust 7, 19261987–2005New YorkRepublican92 years, 25 days
John Otho Marsh Jr.August 7, 19261963–1971VirginiaDemocratic
38Joseph P. KolterSeptember 3, 19261983–1993PennsylvaniaDemocratic91 years, 363 days
39Robert J. LagomarsinoSeptember 4, 19261975–1993CaliforniaRepublican91 years, 362 days
40Philip RuppeSeptember 29, 19261967–1979MichiganRepublican91 years, 337 days
41Richard FultonJanuary 27, 19271963–1975TennesseeDemocratic91 years, 217 days
42Benjamin B. BlackburnFebruary 14, 19271967–1975GeorgiaRepublican91 years, 199 days
43Arthur Ravenel Jr.March 29, 19271987–1995South CarolinaRepublican91 years, 156 days
44William J. KeatingMarch 30, 19271971–1974OhioRepublican91 years, 155 days
45Austin MurphyJune 17, 19271977–1995PennsylvaniaDemocratic91 years, 76 days
46Bud BrownJune 18, 19271965–1983OhioRepublican91 years, 75 days
47Edwin EdwardsAugust 7, 19271965–1972LouisianaDemocratic91 years, 25 days
48Jim WeaverAugust 8, 19271975–1987OregonDemocratic91 years, 24 days
49Jim BroyhillAugust 19, 19271963–1986North CarolinaRepublican91 years, 13 days
50James W. SymingtonSeptember 28, 19271969–1977MissouriDemocratic90 years, 338 days
51Pete McCloskeySeptember 29, 19271967–1983CaliforniaRepublican90 years, 337 days
52Bill ArcherMarch 22, 19281971–2001TexasRepublican90 years, 163 days
53Douglas ApplegateMarch 27, 19281977–1995OhioDemocratic90 years, 158 days
54Manuel Lujan Jr.May 12, 19281969–1989New MexicoRepublican90 years, 112 days
55Jan MeyersJuly 20, 19281985–1997KansasRepublican90 years, 43 days
56Nick GalifianakisJuly 22, 19281967–1973North CarolinaDemocratic90 years, 41 days
Robert BerglandJuly 22, 19281971–1977MinnesotaDemocratic-Farmer-Labor
58William S. ConoverAugust 27, 19281972–1973PennsylvaniaRepublican90 years, 5 days
59Jack EdwardsSeptember 20, 19281965–1985AlabamaRepublican89 years, 346 days
60Bill GradisonDecember 28, 19281975–1993OhioRepublican89 years, 247 days
61Marilyn LloydJanuary 3, 19291975–1995TennesseeDemocratic89 years, 241 days
62Richard OttingerJanuary 27, 19291965–1971
1975–1985
New YorkDemocratic89 years, 217 days
63James L. NelliganFebruary 14, 19291981–1983PennsylvaniaRepublican89 years, 199 days
64Harris W. FawellMarch 25, 19291985–1999IllinoisRepublican89 years, 160 days
65William F. Clinger Jr.April 4, 19291979–1997PennsylvaniaRepublican89 years, 150 days
66John ConyersMay 16, 19291965–2017MichiganDemocratic89 years, 108 days
67Richard T. SchulzeAugust 7, 19291975–1993PennsylvaniaRepublican89 years, 25 days
68Dale KildeeSeptember 16, 19291977–2013MichiganDemocratic88 years, 350 days
69William E. DannemeyerSeptember 22, 19291979–1993CaliforniaRepublican88 years, 344 days
70Louis A. BafalisSeptember 28, 19291973–1983FloridaRepublican88 years, 338 days
71Esteban Edward TorresJanuary 27, 19301983–1999CaliforniaDemocratic88 years, 217 days
72George GekasApril 14, 19301983–2003PennsylvaniaRepublican88 years, 140 days
73Pat SaikiMay 28, 19301987–1991HawaiiRepublican88 years, 96 days
74James Paul JohnsonJune 2, 19301973–1981ColoradoRepublican88 years, 91 days
75Charles RangelJune 11, 19301971–2017New YorkDemocratic88 years, 82 days
76Herb KleinJune 24, 19301993–1995New JerseyDemocratic88 years, 69 days
77Michael BilirakisJuly 16, 19301983–2007FloridaRepublican88 years, 47 days
78Martha KeysAugust 10, 19301975–1979KansasDemocratic88 years, 22 days
79Andy IrelandAugust 23, 19301977–1993FloridaDemocratic, Republican88 years, 9 days
80Alec G. OlsonSeptember 11, 19301963–1967MinnesotaDemocratic-Farmer-Labor87 years, 355 days
81John Bertrand ConlanSeptember 17, 19301973–1977ArizonaRepublican87 years, 349 days
82Sam JohnsonOctober 11, 19301991–presentTexasRepublican87 years, 325 days
83Bill BrockNovember 23, 19301971–1977TennesseeRepublican87 years, 282 days
84Jack Thomas BrinkleyDecember 22, 19301967–1983GeorgiaDemocratic87 years, 253 days
85Elliott H. LevitasDecember 26, 19301975–1985GeorgiaDemocratic87 years, 249 days
86Edward G. Biester Jr.January 5, 19311967–1977PennsylvaniaRepublican87 years, 239 days
87Ron PackardJanuary 19, 19311983–2001CaliforniaRepublican87 years, 225 days
88Connie MorellaFebruary 12, 19311987–2003MarylandRepublican87 years, 201 days
89James AbourezkFebruary 24, 19311971–1973South DakotaDemocratic87 years, 189 days
90Arlen ErdahlFebruary 27, 19311979–1983MinnesotaRepublican87 years, 186 days
91Bill BurlisonMarch 15, 19311969–1981MissouriDemocratic87 years, 170 days
92John E. CunninghamMarch 27, 19311977–1979WashingtonRepublican87 years, 158 days
93Lee H. HamiltonApril 20, 19311965–1999IndianaDemocratic87 years, 134 days
94Walter E. PowellApril 25, 19311971–1975OhioRepublican87 years, 129 days
95Bill ClayApril 30, 19311969–2001MissouriDemocratic87 years, 124 days
96Lowell P. Weicker Jr.May 16, 19311969–1971ConnecticutRepublican87 years, 108 days
97Robert Freeman SmithJune 16, 19311983–1995
1997–1999
OregonRepublican87 years, 77 days
98J. Bob TraxlerJuly 21, 19311974–1993MichiganDemocratic87 years, 42 days
99Ed WeberJuly 26, 19311981–1983OhioRepublican87 years, 37 days
100Sander LevinSeptember 6, 19311983–presentMichiganDemocratic86 years, 360 days

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