Emiliano Mercado del Toro (August 21, 1891 – January 24, 2007) was a Puerto Rican supercentenarian and military veteran who was, at age 115, the world's oldest person for six weeks, and the world's oldest man from November 19, 2004 (death of Fred H.
Hale, Sr.) until his own death on January 24, 2007.
Mercado became the oldest documented living person on December 11, 2006, following the death of 116-year-old Elizabeth Bolden.At the time of his death in January 2007, at the age of 115 years and 156 days, Mercado was the second oldest fully validated male ever, behind Danish-American Christian Mortensen's record of 115 years 252 days.
(Although Shigechiyo Izumi was still believed to be older at the time of his death.
Izumi's record was withdrawn by Guinness World Records in 2010.)