Why is the oldest living man, a Democrat?
Harris was born on the state of Indiana. He grew up in southern Indiana in a town called Ayrshire. During his youth, he started working in the coal mines in that area until he was offered a job at the Union Malleable (now John Deere) foundry. At the age of 41, Harris joined the army to serve in World War II, but due to a broken ankle, he did not make it out of boot camp and was assigned to stateside logistics duty although he was stationed in the European theater for nearly a year. He left the Army in 1945. By the time he had joined the Army, he was already separated from his wife and children.
Harris actively served as a deacon for his church up until he was 102, and entered a Rock Island nursing home by the time he was 105. He is a great-great-great-grandfather. His youngest grandson is 56 years old. Harris is seemingly a lifelong Democrat voting for John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Barack Obama in 2008.
He credits his longevity to God, and his grandson says he takes good care of himself and still has a good memory. When Harris signed up for the war, his height and weight were recorded as 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and 134 pounds (61 kg), a body mass index of 19.2.