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

This page contains a list of the people of the who, at the time of their death, were the oldest surviving members, sitting or former, of the United States House of Representatives, as well as a list of the currently oldest surviving 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 Date End Date Representative Date of birth House term State served Party Age (years, days)
March 4, 1789 July 23, 1793 Roger Sherman April 19, 1721 1789-1791 Connecticut Pro-Administration 95 days
July 23, 1793 September 15, 1794 Abraham Clark February 15, 1726 1791-1794 New Jersey Pro-Administration 212 days
September 15, 1794 December 10, 1796 Israel Jacobs June 9, 1726 1791-1793 Pennsylvania Pro-Administration 184 days
December 10, 1796 October 28, 1800 Artemas Ward November 26, 1727 1791-1795 Massachusetts Pro-Administration 335 days
October 28, 1800 March 27, 1814 William Smith April 12, 1728 1789-1791 Maryland Anti-Administration 349 days
March 27, 1814 July 26, 1819 George Leonard July 4, 1729 1789-1793
1795-1797
Massachusetts Pro-Administration
Federalist
22 days
July 26, 1819 June 1, 1832 Thomas Sumter August 14, 1734 1789-1793
1797-1801
South Carolina Anti-Administration
Democratic-Republican
292 days
June 1, 1832 March 7, 1838 Paine Wingate May 14, 1739 1793-1795 New Hampshire Pro-Administration 297 days
March 7, 1838 May 22, 1842 Henry Southard October 7, 1747 1801-1811
1815-1821
New Jersey Democratic-Republican 227 days
May 22, 1842 October 18, 1843 Ebenezer Elmer August 23, 1752 1801-1807 New Jersey Democratic-Republican 56 days
October 18, 1843 March 6, 1844 Gabriel Duvall December 6, 1752 1794-1796 Maryland Anti-Administration
Democratic-Republican
91 days
March 6, 1844 March 23, 1846 Laban Wheaton March 13, 1754 1809-1817 Massachusetts Federalist 10 days
March 23, 1846 January 20, 1849 Nathan Read July 2, 1759 1800-1803 Massachusetts Federalist 202 days
January 20, 1849 May 26, 1851 Simeon Baldwin December 14, 1761 1803-1805 Connecticut Federalist 163 days
May 26, 1851 March 29, 1855 John Locke February 14, 1764 1823-1829 Massachusetts Adams Republican 43 days
March 29, 1855 April 8, 1857 Alexander Boyd September 14, 1764 1813-1815 New York Federalist 206 days
April 8, 1857 January 23, 1858 Daniel Burrows October 26, 1766 1821-1823 Connecticut Democratic-Republican 89 days
January 23, 1858 August 3, 1863 Zadock Cook February 18, 1769 1816-1819 Georgia Democratic-Republican 166 days
August 3, 1863 July 1, 1864 Josiah Quincy III February 4, 1772 1805-1813 Massachusetts Federalist 148 days
July 1, 1864 January 2, 1866 Thomas Chandler August 10, 1772 1829-1833 New Hampshire Jacksonian 145 days
January 2, 1866 April 1, 1868 James Parker March 1, 1776 1833-1837 New Jersey Jacksonian 31 days
April 1, 1868 July 1, 1868 Samuel Tweedy March 8, 1776 1833-1835 Connecticut Anti-Jacksonian 115 days
July 1, 1868 December 23, 1870 James I. Van Alen 1776 1807-1809 New York Democratic-Republican ca. 94 yy
December 23, 1870 July 18, 1872 Samuel Thatcher July 1, 1776 1802-1805 Massachusetts Federalist 17 days
July 18, 1872 August 12, 1875 Horace Binney January 4, 1780 1833-1835 Pennsylvania Anti-Jacksonian 220 days
August 12, 1875 February 16, 1880 Daniel Sheffer May 24, 1783 1837-1839 Pennsylvania Democratic 268 days
February 16, 1880 September 22, 1881 John Alfred Cuthbert June 3, 1788 1819-1821 Georgia Democratic-Republican 111 days
September 22, 1881 February 7, 1885 Joseph Grinnell November 17, 1788 1843-1851 Massachusetts Whig 82 days
February 7, 1885 August 8, 1885 James Garland June 6, 1791 1835-1841 Virginia Jacksonian
Democratic
Conservative
63 days
August 8, 1885 May 7, 1886 David Fisher December 3, 1794 1847-1849 Ohio Whig 155 days
May 7, 1886 January 9, 1887 Elijah Babbitt July 29, 1795 1859-1863 Pennsylvania Republican 164 days
January 9, 1887 June 9, 1887 John Hoge Ewing October 8, 1796 1845-1847 Pennsylvania Whig 244 days
June 9, 1887 July 26, 1891 Paul Dillingham August 10, 1799 1843-1847 Vermont Democratic 350 days
July 26, 1891 May 9, 1892 Sidney Lawrence December 31, 1801 1847-1849 New York Democratic 130 days
May 9, 1892 June 11, 1894 John T. Andrews May 29, 1803 1837-1839 New York Democratic 13 days
June 11, 1894 February 12, 1896 Emery D. Potter October 7, 1804 1843-1845
1849-1851
Ohio Democratic 128 days
February 12, 1896 January 12, 1897 John W. Crisfield November 8, 1806 1847-1849
1861-1863
Maryland Whig
Unionist
65 days
January 12, 1897 April 16, 1900 John W. Hunter October 15, 1807 1866-1867 New York Democratic 183 days
April 16, 1900 March 18, 1902 Daniel Wells, Jr. July 16, 1808 1853-1857 Wisconsin Democratic 245 days
March 18, 1902 April 24, 1902 Edwin Hickman Ewing December 2, 1809 1845-1847 Tennessee Whig 143 days
April 24, 1902 March 8, 1903 Martin I. Townsend February 6, 1810 1875-1879 New York Republican 30 days
March 8, 1903 March 27, 1908 Ephraim R. Eckley December 9, 1811 1863-1869 Ohio Republican 109 days
March 27, 1908 September 18, 1910 James McGrew September 14, 1813 1869-1873 West Virginia Republican 4 days
September 18, 1910 March 14, 1911 John H. Rice February 5, 1816 1861-1867 Maine Republican 37 days
March 14, 1911 October 3, 1911 John Morgan Bright January 20, 1817 1871-1881 Tennessee Democratic 256 days
October 3, 1911 March 12, 1916 George William Palmer January 13, 1818 1857-1861 New York Republican 59 days
March 12, 1916 November 3, 1924 Cornelius Cole September 17, 1822 1863-1865 California Republican 47 days
November 3, 1924 February 28, 1926 William W. Crapo May 16, 1830 1875-1883 Massachusetts Republican 288 days
February 28, 1926 January 6, 1929 John H. Lewis July 21, 1830 1881-1883 Illinois Republican 169 days
January 6, 1929 April 22, 1932 J. Warren Keifer January 30, 1836 1877-1885
1905-1911
Ohio Republican 83 days
April 22, 1932 May 25, 1938 Henry R. Gibson December 24, 1837 1895-1905 Tennessee Republican 152 days
May 25, 1938 September 8, 1938 George Frederic Kribbs November 8, 1846 1891-1895 Pennsylvania Democratic 304 days
September 8, 1938 December 18, 1946 Lemuel W. Royse January 19, 1847 1895-1899 Indiana Republican 333 days
December 18, 1946 June 10, 1947 Addison James February 27, 1850 1907-1909 Kentucky Republican 103 days
June 10, 1947 February 25, 1948 Amos R. Webber January 21, 1852 1904-1907 Ohio Republican 35 days
February 25, 1948 September 10, 1949 John E. Weeks June 14, 1853 1931-1933 Vermont Republican 88 days
September 10, 1949 April 1, 1953 Schuyler Merritt December 16, 1853 1917-1931
1933-1937
Connecticut Republican 106 days
April 1, 1953 July 27, 1954 Joseph E. Ransdell October 7, 1858 1899-1913 Louisiana Democratic 293 days
July 27, 1954 May 12, 1956 Franklin Menges October 26, 1858 1925-1931 Pennsylvania Republican 199 days
May 12, 1956 July 5, 1956 Addison T. Smith September 5, 1862 1913-1933 Idaho Republican 304 days
July 5, 1956 January 17, 1958 Michael Donohoe February 22, 1864 1911-1915 Pennsylvania Democratic 329 days
January 17, 1958 April 29, 1958 Warren A. Haggott May 18, 1864 1907-1909 Colorado Republican 346 days
April 29, 1958 February 22, 1960 Townsend Scudder July 26, 1865 1899-1901
1903-1905
New York Democratic 211 days
February 22, 1960 October 11, 1960 Daniel K. Hoch January 31, 1866 1943-1947 Pennsylvania Democratic 254 days
October 11, 1960 September 12, 1963 Charles Nelson Pray April 6, 1868 1907-1913 Montana Republican 159 days
September 12, 1963 November 7, 1967 John Nance Garner November 22, 1868 1903-1933 Texas Democratic 350 days
November 7, 1967 July 12, 1971 Earl Hanley Beshlin April 28, 1870 1917-1919 Pennsylvania Democratic 75 days
July 12, 1971 January 6, 1973 Maurice Hudson Thatcher August 15, 1870 1923-1933 Kentucky Republican 144 days
January 6, 1973 January 10, 1974 Charles G. Bond May 29, 1877 1921-1923 New York Republican 226 days
January 10, 1974 January 9, 1975 Virginia E. Jenckes November 6, 1877 1933-1939 Indiana Democratic 64 days
January 9, 1975 March 4, 1977 Miles C. Allgood February 22, 1878 1923-1935 Alabama Democratic 10 days
March 4, 1977 December 27, 1980 Charles S. Dewey November 10, 1880 1941-1945 Illinois Republican 47 days
December 27, 1980 June 1, 1981 Carl Vinson November 18, 1883 1914-1965 Georgia Democratic 195 days
June 1, 1981 November 2, 1989 Elizabeth Hawley Gasque February 26, 1886 1938-1939 South Carolina Democratic 249 days
November 2, 1989 January 18, 1991 Hamilton Fish III December 7, 1888 1920-1945 New York Republican 42 days
January 18, 1991 April 3, 1993 Peter J. De Muth January 1, 1892 1937-1939 Pennsylvania Democratic 92 days
April 3, 1993 May 29, 1995 Margaret Chase Smith December 14, 1897 1940-1949 Maine Republican 166 days
May 29, 1995 May 15, 1996 Newt V. Mills September 27, 1899 1937-1943 Louisiana Democratic 231 days
May 15, 1996 January 4, 1997 Harry P. Jeffrey December 26, 1901 1943-1945 Ohio Republican 9 days
January 4, 1997 May 8, 1998 Jennings Randolph March 8, 1902 1933-1947 West Virginia Democratic 61 days
May 8, 1998 April 1, 1999 Ellis Yarnal Berry October 6, 1902 1951-1971 South Dakota Republican 177 days
April 1, 1999 October 5, 2001 Mike Mansfield March 16, 1903 1943-1953 Montana Democratic 203 days
October 5, 2001 March 11, 2003 John Goodchild Dow May 6, 1905 1965-1969
1971-1973
New York Democratic 309 days
March 11, 2003 November 10, 2007 Augustus F. Hawkins August 31, 1907 1963-1991 California Democratic 71 days
November 10, 2007 September 25, 2008 Glenn Andrews January 15, 1909 1965-1967 Alabama Republican 254 days
September 25, 2008 November 4, 2009 William H. Avery August 11, 1911 1955-1965 Kansas Republican 85 days
November 4, 2009 January 8, 2011 William F. Walsh July 11, 1912 1973-1979 New York Republican-Conservative 181 days
January 8, 2011 October 25, 2011 Perkins Bass October 6, 1912 1955-1963 New Hampshire Republican 19 days
October 25, 2011 Ken Hechler September 20, 1914 1959-1977 West Virginia Democratic 91 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 or are Senators.

Rank Representative Date of birth House term State served Party Age (years, days)
1 Ken Hechler September 20, 1914 1959–1977 West Virginia Democratic 91 days
2 John S. Wold August 31, 1916 1969–1971 Wyoming Republican 111 days
3 James D. Martin September 1, 1918 1965–1967 Alabama Republican 110 days
4 Lester L. Wolff January 4, 1919 1965–1981 New York Democratic 350 days
5 Thomas G. Morris August 20, 1919 1959–1969 New Mexico Democratic 122 days
6 Larry Winn August 22, 1919 1965–1985 Kansas Republican 120 days
7 Burt L. Talcott February 22, 1920 1963–1977 California Republican 301 days
8 Del Latta March 5, 1920 1959–1989 Ohio Republican 290 days
9 Neal Edward Smith March 23, 1920 1959–1995 Iowa Democratic 272 days
10 Edward Lunn Young September 7, 1920 1973–1975 South Carolina Republican 104 days
11 Marjorie Holt September 17, 1920 1973–1987 Maryland Republican 94 days
12 Cornelius Edward Gallagher March 2, 1921 1959–1973 New Jersey Democratic 293 days
13 Berkley Bedell March 5, 1921 1975–1987 Iowa Democratic 290 days
14 Harry G. Haskell, Jr. May 27, 1921 1957–1959 Delaware Republican 207 days
15 Paul Findley June 23, 1921 1961–1983 Illinois Republican 180 days
16 Roger H. Zion September 17, 1921 1967–1975 Indiana Republican 94 days
17 Mike McCormack December 14, 1921 1971–1981 Washington Democratic 6 days
18 John R. Schmidhauser January 3, 1922 1965–1967 Iowa Democratic 351 days
19 John B. Anderson February 15, 1922 1961–1981 Illinois Republican 308 days
20 Doug Barnard, Jr. March 20, 1922 1977–1993 Georgia Democratic 275 days
21 William Broomfield April 28, 1922 1957–1993 Michigan Republican 236 days
22 R. James Harvey July 4, 1922 1961–1975 Michigan Republican 169 days
23 Melvin R. Laird September 1, 1922 1953–1971 Wisconsin Republican 110 days
24 Clarence Clifton Young November 7, 1922 1953–1957 Nevada Republican 43 days
25 Benjamin A. Gilman December 6, 1922 1973–2003 New York Republican 14 days
26 Samuel H. Young December 26, 1922 1973–1975 Illinois Republican 359 days
27 Robert H. Michel March 2, 1923 1957–1995 Illinois Republican 293 days
28 Ralph Hall May 3, 1923 1981–2015 Texas Democratic, Republican 231 days
29 Bernard F. Grabowski June 11, 1923 1963–1967 Connecticut Democratic 192 days
30 Bob Dole July 22, 1923 1961–1969 Kansas Republican 151 days
31 Andrew J. Hinshaw August 4, 1923 1973–1976 California Republican 138 days
32 Al Quie September 18, 1923 1958–1979 Minnesota Republican 93 days
33 Fred Richmond November 15, 1923 1975–1982 New York Democratic 35 days
34 Helen Delich Bentley November 28, 1923 1985–1995 Maryland Republican 22 days
35 Frank E. Denholm November 29, 1923 1971–1975 South Dakota Democratic 21 days
36 Charles Thone January 4, 1924 1971–1979 Nebraska Republican 350 days
37 Edwin Reinecke January 7, 1924 1965–1969 California Republican 347 days
38 Catherine Small Long February 7, 1924 1985–1987 Louisiana Democratic 316 days
39 Donald M. Fraser February 20, 1924 1963–1979 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor 303 days
40 George H. W. Bush June 12, 1924 1967–1971 Texas Republican 191 days
41 Shirley Neil Pettis July 12, 1924 1975–1979 California Republican 161 days
42 Frank Joseph Guarini August 20, 1924 1979–1993 New Jersey Democratic 122 days
43 John Melcher September 6, 1924 1969–1977 Montana Democratic 105 days
44 Daniel Akaka September 11, 1924 1977–1990 Hawaii Democratic 100 days
45 Howard C. Nielson September 12, 1924 1983–1991 Utah Republican 99 days
46 Merwin Coad September 28, 1924 1957–1963 Iowa Democratic 83 days
47 Weston E. Vivian October 25, 1924 1965–1967 Michigan Democratic 56 days
48 Ralph Regula December 3, 1924 1973–2009 Ohio Republican 17 days
49 Fletcher Thompson February 5, 1925 1967–1973 Georgia Republican 318 days
50 G. William Whitehurst March 12, 1925 1967–1987 Virginia Republican 283 days
51 Lucien N. Nedzi May 28, 1925 1961–1981 Michigan Democratic 206 days
52 Ogden R. Reid June 24, 1925 1963–1975 New York Republican, Democratic 179 days
53 Tom Luken July 9, 1925 1974–1975
1977–1991
Ohio Democratic 164 days
54 Fred B. Rooney November 6, 1925 1963–1979 Pennsylvania Democratic 44 days
55 Abner J. Mikva January 21, 1926 1969–1973
1975–1979
Illinois Democratic 333 days
56 J. Roy Rowland February 3, 1926 1983–1995 Georgia Democratic 320 days
57 Elwood Hillis March 6, 1926 1971–1987 Indiana Republican 289 days
58 Tim Valentine March 15, 1926 1983–1995 North Carolina Democratic 280 days
59 Alvin Baldus April 27, 1926 1975–1981 Wisconsin Democrat 237 days
60 Carrie P. Meek April 29, 1926 1993–2003 Florida Democrat 235 days
61 Dick Nichols April 29, 1926 1991–1993 Kansas Republican 235 days
62 Earl Dewitt Hutto May 12, 1926 1979–1995 Florida Democrat 222 days
63 Mark Andrews May 19, 1926 1963–1981 North Dakota Republican 215 days
64 Roscoe Bartlett June 3, 1926 1993–2013 Maryland Republican 200 days
65 Raymond F. Clevenger June 6, 1926 1965–1967 Michigan Democrat 197 days
66 John Dingell July 8, 1926 1955–2015 Michigan Democrat 165 days
67 Orval H. Hansen August 3, 1926 1969–1975 Idaho Republican 139 days
68 Amo Houghton August 7, 1926 1987–2005 New York Republican 135 days
69 John Otho Marsh, Jr. August 7, 1926 1963–1971 Virginia Democrat 135 days
70 Joseph P. Kolter September 3, 1926 1983–1993 Pennsylvania Democrat 108 days
71 Robert J. Lagomarsino September 4, 1926 1975–1993 California Republican 107 days
72 Philip Ruppe September 29, 1926 1967–1979 Michigan Republican 82 days
73 Richard Fulton January 27, 1927 1963–1975 Tennessee Democrat 327 days
74 Marc L. Marks February 12, 1927 1977–1983 Pennsylvania Republican 311 days
75 Benjamin B. Blackburn February 14, 1927 1967–1975 Georgia Republican 309 days
76 John Brademas March 2, 1927 1959–1981 Indiana Democratic 293 days
77 Arthur Ravenel, Jr. March 29, 1927 1987–1995 South Carolina Republican 266 days
78 William J. Keating March 30, 1927 1971–1974 Ohio Republican 265 days
79 Eugene Atkinson April 5, 1927 1979–1983 Pennsylvania Republican 259 days
80 Austin Murphy June 17, 1927 1977–1995 Pennsylvania Democratic 186 days
81 Bud Brown June 18, 1927 1965–1983 Ohio Republican 185 days
82 Leo C. Zeferetti July 15, 1927 1975–1983 New York Democratic 158 days
83 Al McCandless July 23, 1927 1983–1995 California Republican 150 days
84 Edwin Edwards August 7, 1927 1965–1972 Louisiana Democratic 135 days
85 Jim Weaver August 8, 1927 1975—1987 Oregon Democratic 134 days
86 Jim Broyhill August 19, 1927 1963–1986 North Carolina Republican 123 days
87 Kika de la Garza September 22, 1927 1965–1997 Texas Democratic 89 days
88 James W. Symington September 28, 1927 1969–1977 Missouri Democratic 83 days
89 Pete McCloskey September 29, 1927 1967–1983 California Republican 82 days
90 William F. Goodling December 5, 1927 1975–2001 Pennsylvania Republican 15 days
91 John Hall Buchanan, Jr. March 19, 1928 1965–1981 Alabama Republican 276 days
92 William Reynolds Archer, Jr. March 22, 1928 1971–2001 Texas Republican 273 days
93 Douglas Applegate March 27, 1928 1977–1995 Ohio Democrat 268 days
94 Manuel Lujan, Jr. May 12, 1928 1969–1989 New Mexico Republican 222 days
95 Ray Thornton July 16, 1928 1973–1979
1991–1997
Arkansas Democrat 157 days
96 Jan Meyers July 20, 1928 1985–1997 Kansas Republican 153 days
97 Nick Galifianakis July 22, 1928 1967–1973 North Carolina Democrat 151 days
98 Robert Bergland July 22, 1928 1971–1977 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor 151 days
99 William Sheldrick Conover August 27, 1928 1972–1973 Pennsylvania Republican 115 days
100 Jack Edwards September 20, 1928 1965–1985 Alabama Republican 91 days

See also

External links

  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present
  • The Political Graveyard
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