William Coates, who was believed to be the oldest man in America, died on Feb. 24 of natural causes. He was 114.
Born in 1889, Coates may have been the second-oldest man in the world, but he didn’t have a birth certificate to authenticate the claim. During his long life, he worked on a commercial tobacco farm and helped build roads for the state of Maryland.
The supercentenarian had nine children, 21 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.