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Who holds the world record for having the most descendants during their lifetime?

Question #125895. Asked by WeirdAlLover.
Last updated Aug 15 2021.
Originally posted May 05 2012 8:52 PM.

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Response last updated by gtho4 on Aug 15 2021.
May 05 2012, 9:51 PM
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According to Guinness World Records:
"Greatest number of descendants

At the time of his death on 15 October 1992, Samuel S. Mast (USA), aged 96, of Fryburg, Pennsylvania, had 824 living descendants. The roll call comprised 11 children, 97 grandchildren, 634 great-grandchildren and 82 great-great-grandchildren.
The last Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, Moulay Ismail (1672-1727), known as The Bloodthirsty, was reputed to have fathered a total of 525 sons and 342 daughters by 1703 and achieved a 700th son in 1721." -from link
Rulers with harems definitely had an advantage in this category, but they weren't always long-lived. Guinness requires documentation for its records, so historical candidates often fail in this requirement.

Response last updated by satguru on Dec 21 2016.
May 06 2012, 12:50 AM
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