Hermann Dörnemann (b. 27 May 1893–d. 2 March 2005) of Germany was hailed in the press as the oldest living man in
the world upon the death of 113-year-old American Fred Hale on 19 November 2004. Not until Hale's death, however, did Dörnemann's family offer documentation to the Guinness World Records or to a supercentenarian researcher, and at that point the claim of Puerto Rican Emiliano Mercado del Toro was put forward too with documentation that he was born in 1891, almost two years earlier, which was subsequently accepted as well. Dörnemann was born in Essen.
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