Brown, who is 117 years and 36 days old, took over from Italian Emma Morano who passed away today.
Morano’s life spanned three centuries, two World Wars, 90 Italian governments, an abusive marriage, the loss of her only son.
Brown was born March 10, 1900 and is believed to be one of the two remaining persons who were born in the 19th century.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed congratulations to Brown.
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