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Oldest American dies at 114 at home in Ohio
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WORTHINGTON The oldest American has died.

Verona Johnston had said she had taken part in every election since women won the right to vote in 1920. And her doctor's office says she had the thinnest file on record.

She was born in 1890 in Iowa, and her father had fought in the Civil War.

Johnston graduated from Drake University in 1912, a time when tuition cost 54 dollars a year.

She's survived by 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Her family says she died at her home in Ohio Wednesday. She was 114 years old.

The oldest living American is now Bettie Wilson of Mississippi, and Hendrikje Van Andel of the Netherlands is the world's oldest person, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Both are 114.

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