Mary Harris

  • Lifespan: May 13, 1911
  • Age: 112 years
  • Birthplace: Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA
  • Last residence: Signal Mountain, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
  • Validation date: May 13, 2023
  • Validation source: Waclaw Jan Kroczek/Oliver Trim/Robert Young

Mary Harris was born in Ithaca, New York, USA on May 13, 1911 to Italian immigrants, Joseph and Concetta (Delmonte) Petrillose. She married James Richard Harris from North Lexington, North Carolina in August 1937. During their 66 years of marriage, they ran a dry cleaning business and dairy farm in New York. They later retired to Florida, where they spent the last several decades before moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Harris and her husband later moved in to the Alexian Village of Tennessee in 2000, where she resides today. Her husband died in September 2003, aged 90. On her 110th birthday in 2021, Harris has two daughters, five grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren (possibly more). Following the death of Pearlie Williams, Mary Harris became the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Tennessee. At the time of her 112th birthday, she lived in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, USA.

The case of Mary Harris was verified by Waclaw Jan Kroczek, Oliver Trim, and Robert Young, and validated by the GRG as of May 13, 2023.


  • Oldest person in Tennessee

Mary Harris at age 105:

Mary Harris as a young woman in early 1930s.

Mary Harris on her 110th birthday with the letter from Pope Francis.

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