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John smith claimes that he was born in 1784 (he died in 1922 btw) but is it true? well, probably not. his exact age is disputed, Federal Commissioner of Indian Enrollment Ransom J. Powell argued that "it was disease and not age that made him look the way he did"
and remarked that according to records he was only 88 years old. Paul Buffalo, who had met Smith when a small boy, said he had repeatedly heard the old man state that he was "seven or eight", "eight or nine" and "ten years old" when the "stars fell” in the Leonid meteor shower of November 13, 1833, about which local historian Carl Zapffe writes: "Birthdates of Indians of the 19th Century had generally been determined by the Government in relation to the awe-inspiring shower of meteorites that burned through the American skies just before dawn on 13 November 1833, scaring the daylights out of civilized and uncivilized peoples alike. Obviously it was the end of the world. . . .". This puts the oldest age of John Smith at just under 100 years at the time of his death.
for all of the information you’ll need, here’s the link to the wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_(Chippewa_Indian)
His wrinkles are deeper than the Grand Canyons