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September 23, 2009
World's oldest man
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana resident considered to be the world's oldest man celebrated his 113th birthday Monday. The invitation-only celebration at the Rainbow Retirement Community in Great Falls featured Walter Breuning giving a brief talk, blowing out candles, sharing cake and meeting guests, including Gov. Brian Schweitzer. Breuning also was presented with several awards, including a $10,000 check from Scottish Rite Temple members. Breuning then donated the money to the Childhood Language Disorder Clinic in Great Falls. Breuning attributes his long life to eating well and keeping physically and mentally active. He also says he takes one aspirin a day. Breuning was born on Sept. 21, 1896, in Melrose, Minn., and moved to Montana in 1918. He worked for the railroad for 50 years. (17 images)

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Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, left, holds Walter Breuning's birthday cake during Breuning's 113th birthday celebration on Sept. 21, at the Rainbow retirement home in Great Falls, Montana. Breuning, born Sept. 21, 1896 in Melrose Minnesota, inherited the title of "World's Oldest Man" when Henry Allingham of England died last July 18. Breuning moved to Great Falls in 1918 with the expansion of the railroad and worked in the railroad business for 50 years. He says he stays healthy by eating just two meals per day and exercises by strolling the halls of the retirement home with the aid of a walker. His earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather talk about fighting as a Union soldier in the Civil War. Getty Images / John Moore


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Walter Breuning, center,, the "World's Oldest Man," is assisted from the podium by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, right,, after speaking at his 113th birthday celebration on Sept. 21, at the Rainbow retirement home in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Candles burn atop the birthhday cake of Walter Breuning, the "World's Oldest Man," during his 113th birthday celebration on Sept. 21, at the Rainbow retirement home in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Hairdresser Maxie Gunderson gives Walter Breuning, the "World's Oldest Man," a birthday haircut ahead of his 113th birthday party on Sept. 21, at the Rainbow retirement home in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning, the "World's Oldest Man," shields his eyes before an interview with a local television news team before his 113th birthday party on Sept. 21, at the Rainbow retirement home in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning, the "World's Oldest Man," walks through the dining hall before his 113th birthday party on Sept. 21, at the Rainbow retirement home in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning, the "World's Oldest Man," receives well-wishers before his 113th birthday party on Sept. 21, in the Walter Breuning Lobby of the Rainbow retirement home in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning, the "World's Oldest Man," receives one of the Freemasons' highest honors, a George Washington Gavel, at his 113th birthday party on Sept. 21, at the Rainbow retirement home in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Visitors pose for a photo with Walter Breuning, due to celebrate his 113th birthday on September 21, while at the Rainbow retirement home September 20, 2009 in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning, due to celebrate his 113th birthday on September 21, looks over a drawing sent from a 4th grade class on September 20, 2009 at the Rainbow retirement home in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning, due to celebrate his 113th birthday on September 21, walks through the dining hall at the Rainbow retirement home September 20, 2009 in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Nicole Scott opens a banner sent by schoolchildren to Walter Breuning, two days before his birthday celebration at the Rainbow retirement home Sept. 19, in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning laughs as schoolchildren's letters are read to him at the Rainbow retirement home Sept. 19, in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning, right, rides his newly donated power scooter while waiting to go up the elevator to his room at the Rainbow retirement home Sept. 19, in Great Falls, Montana. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning walks through the Rainbow retirement home Sept. 19. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning greets Mathew Nicol, 10, who came with his family to visit the supercentenarian at the Rainbow retirement home Sept. 19. Getty Images / John Moore



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Walter Breuning sits at the Rainbow retirement home Sept. 19 Getty Images / John Moore



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