One of the best things about New York is, of course, all the incredible people living there — something New York magazine clearly understood when they listed this year’s “60 reasons to love New York.” Number one on their list: because the oldest person in the world lives in Brooklyn. In a short but captivating profile, New York tells the life story of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones, who was born in Alabama on July 6, 1899, as the third of eleven children in a family of tenant-farmers. After an education at the “Calhoun Colored School,” she went on to become a nanny and housekeeper for wealthy New York families. One of those broods was Paul Cokell’s, a treasurer for Paramount Pictures, which led her to meet Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Ronald Reagan. After decades of domestic work — and a marriage in 1928 that ended quickly — she retired in 1965, just months after the Civil Rights Act went into effect. After moving back to her Alabama farm for a bit, she returned to New York where she was surrounded by family who’d followed her from Alabama. In a senior’s home in Canarsie where she now lives, ”Miss Susie” has become a “microcelebrity”, New York reports, who eats 4 strips of bacon every morning and has a birthday letter from President Obama — she voted for him twice — hanging on her wall. “And next fall, Susannah Mushatt Jones will perhaps get to vote for a woman as well,” the magazine concludes. It will be her twenty-first president.
Read the full story at New York Magazine.