Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest living person, celebrated the big 1-1-6 on Saturday in Inkster, Michigan.
Born in 1899, Talley has lived through the turn of two centuries and 20 different presidents. The most recent of those presidents sent Talley a special birthday greeting, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“The breadth of your experiences and depth of your wisdom reflect the long path our Nation has traveled since 1899,” President Barack Obama wrote in a letter to Talley. “During this time, there have been setbacks and breakthroughs, false starts and improbable victories, and through it all our country’s spirit has endured — strengthened and enriched by each generation.”
Happy 116th Birthday to Instker's Jeralean Talley, the World's oldest person! pic.twitter.com/haYKX3Oa7P
— John Conyers (@repjohnconyers) May 21, 2015