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110 year old gets copy of congressional birthday recognition

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Phenix City, Alabama - James Richardson, at 110 years old, is the oldest man in Alabama and potentially the United States. News Three's Naomi Keitt spoke to him as he was celebrated at his nursing home Monday. Richardson was born on January 2, 1904 in Eufaula, Alabama. He celebrated his 110th birthday last month and Representative Mike Rogers presented him with a special record Monday.

"I feel like I'm five," said James Richardson.

Laughter followed Mr. Richardson's remark as family and friends listened to the 110 year old man. Richardson told staff at the nursing home that his earliest memories were working on the farm plowing mules. When asked his fondest memory, Richardson says, "Thank the good Lord for letting me live and marry."

He was married 3 times and has several children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers. Some of his family gathered at Parkwood Health Center Monday afternoon along with Representative Mike Rogers to help honor the man.

"We're proud of his birthday. We took note of that on the house floor passing a resolution that acknowledged his life what he's enjoyed so far and that he has just had his birthday," said Representative Mike Rogers.

Rogers presented Richardson with a copy of that resolution at the gathering. The atmosphere was festive as staff shared memories with the group.

"Somebody asked him the other day what would be one thing that would make him happy, and he said if Wanda would marry him and he said he would just outlive her too," said Morgan Brown at Parkwood Health Care.

And his secret to long life?

"I don't put the Lord behind me. I put him in front," said Richardson.

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