Historical Heights

Franklin D. Roosevelt - 6ft 1.5 On inaugration was said to have stood 6ft 1 1/2 and weighed 182 pounds
George Washington - 6ft In a 1761 letter to his tailor he said "My stature is Six feet, otherwise rather slender, than corpulent"
Edgar Allan Poe - 5ft 8 In an 1846 letter he said "I am 33 years of age - height 5 ft. 8", and his military record had his stature as 5ft 8.
Mark Twain - 5ft 8.5 Described several times as 5ft 8.5 and 5ft 10 in boots.
Leonardo Da Vinci 5ft 9 His skeleton measured 5ft 8, so peak height possible 5ft 9.
Louis XVI - 5ft 10 Described in a book by Nesta Webster as "Five foot ten inches in height, heavily built but not yet too fat".
Nikola Tesla - 6ft 2
Ludwig van Beethoven - 5ft 4
William the Conqueror - 5ft 10

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jul/20
I think Washington has been described anywhere from 6ft up to 6ft5!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Jun/20
Henry VIII was born 529 years ago today. Noted for his tall stature of anything from 6ft-6ft4, depending on which history books you read, he was handsome and a talented musician and sportsman in his youth. Later on, he changed the whole course of history, breaking away from the Catholic Church.

King Henry VIII
28/6/1491 - 28/1/1547
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/May/20
201 years ago to the day, Queen Victoria was born. I've found 150cm and 152cm for Queen Victoria, but I believe the former!

There have been all manner of speculations as to why Victoria was so short, including the fact that she had 9 children, but her first child, Victoria, was born in 1840, so she was fully grown by then. All her children reached adulthood, which was unusual in those days.

No one can say she didn't have a hearty appetite. At one time, her waist measurement reached an unhealthy 50", so her height was doubtless down to genetics. She reigned for over 63 and-a-half years and died aged 81.

Queen Victoria
24/5/1819 - 22/1/1901
RIP Victoria ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ XX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 18/May/20
Bertrand Russell was born 148 years ago today. Of English noble birth, Russell was a 20th Century Philosopher, with many, many interests. He was a political activist, a logician, mathematician, university lecturer in America, a social critic, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. He spoke out against Hitler and Stalin, and was imprisoned for his beliefs in the Second World War. There is so much to learn about him; he's really worth checking out folks!

Russell was a main influencer of the freedom of speech we enjoy today.

I found 165cm for him, but most of the websites I have visited don't mention his height. This great man lived to the age of 97.

Bertrand Russell
1872 - 1970 RIP XXX ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/May/20
@ Christian - I have often wondered whether Anne Hathaway changed her name to match that of Shakespeare's wife, and kept looking into the matter on the back burner. Well, I've finally got round to checking whether it is Ms Hathaway's real name and yes, it is! In fact, she was deliberately named after Mrs Shakespeare by her parents. They must be the studious type!

Cheers Christian, and I apologize for the late reply. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘ XX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/May/20
๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ Correction Time! ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

Florence Nightingale was born on the TWELFTH of May and NOT the twentieth. I do apologize.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/May/20
Yesterday, the 12th May, was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Born in Florence, Italy, she was known as 'The Lady With The Lamp' because she would carry one with her while tending to her patients.

Florence was a British subject, known for nursing the soldiers of the Crimean War. (October 1853 - March 1856). She was the first woman ever to receive the Order of Merit for her revolutionary work.

I could not find her height but she was described as 'tall, very slight and willowy in build, with thick, shortish brown hair'. This wonderful, caring lady lived to the age of 90. If ever there was a life well spent, then it was hers.

Florence Nightingale
20/5/1820 - 13/8/1910 ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
RIP in Heaven, Florence. XXXXX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/May/20
Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born 180 years ago today. Famous for his ballet The Nutcracker, he wrote numerous concertos, symphonies, operas and ballets. He started studying music at 5 years of age, stood SIX FOOT TWO, and died in November 1893, aged just 53.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
May 7th 1840 - Nov 6th 1893 ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/May/20
German political philosopher Karl Marx was born 202 years ago today. Famous for his books The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, Marx attended two German universities, those of Bonn and Berlin, and lived to the age of 64.
He stood 175cm tall.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Apr/20
Ulysses S Grant, the 18th American President, was born 198 years ago today. The soldier and politician stood 173cm tall and led the Union Armies to victory in the American Civil War in the year 1865.

Ulysses, born Hiram Ulysses Grant, died of cancer of the esophagus at the age of 63.

Ulysses S Grant ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
27/4/1822 - 23/7/1885
RIP Ulysses XX ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 25/Apr/20
I thought for a second that you were talking about Anne Hathaway the actress, lol. Then I realize that Shakespeare's wife was also named that.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Apr/20
404 years ago to the day, William Shakespeare died. Ironically, 456 years ago he was born!

Have I found his height yet? No! I still get "Probably between 5 and 6 foot!" ๐Ÿฅ‰ That really has to be worth the biggest booby prize going!

What a mean guy he was too, leaving his wife, Anne Hathaway, his second best bed in his will. Oh, the bed mites! 52 years' worth.....๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿคฎ

๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿœ๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿœ๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿœ (1564-1616 ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“–)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Apr/20
Yesterday, 215 years ago, Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was born. Famous for his amazing fairytales, Andersen stood all of 185cm, so he really was a Great Dane! He lived to 70.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 31/Mar/20
German composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born 335 years ago today. He measured all of 180cm, rather tall for a man who lived in the 18th century. His elder brother, also a Johann (Johann Christoph) was an organ player and musician too.

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 - 1750 ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Mar/20
Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, who measured in at 170cm, was born 167 years ago today. The tragic painter lived to just 37 years, dying of suicide on the 29th July, 1890. ๐Ÿ˜ข
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Mar/20
Washingtonโ€™s been described 6ft up to 6ft5!

But again, a real 6ft in the 1700โ€™s was probably the equivalent of what 6ft2-3 is now!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Mar/20
On this day 230 years ago the tenth president of America, John Tyler, was born. He was frail in appearance but still managed to live for 71 productive years. John was 183cm tall.

John Tyler 29/3/1790 - 18/1/1862
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Mar/20
Today, 209 years ago, Napoleon's son popped into the World. Also called Napoleon, he lived to only 21, dying of tuberculosis.

Napoleon II, or Napoleon Franรงois Joseph Charles Bonaparte, was nearly 6ft tall at 17.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Mar/20
I've found one of the most interesting historical Birthdays - that of Saint Nicholas - complete with the man's height!

It really is a Brahma; the Saint was born SEVENTEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY! For someone who was born in the third century AD and went on to live to 73, dying on the 6th December, 343, attaining a height of 168cm was hardly a piffling one all those centuries ago!

Most famous for being the Patron Saint of children, Saint Nicholas was also the Patron Saint of students, seamen, breweries, pawn shop owners and of thieves who were genuinely repentant of their sins. Cheers! ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

Saint Nicholas 15.3.270 - 6.12.343 ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Mar/20
I found A G Bell was approximately 172cm in height.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Mar/20
173 years ago today, Alexander Graham Bell was born, the man responsible for the invention of the telephone. He died in 1922, aged 75.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Feb/20
Julius Caesar.

Tomorrow is Leap Day, in other words, it's the one occasion in every four years that adds an extra day to February.

This was decided by Julius Caesar, 46 years BC, to prevent the seasons from gradually - VERY gradually! - merging into, for example, Summer being the cold season for those of us who are used to it being hot, and vice versa. How forward thinking was that? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Caesar himself was a tall 5ft8.5, at a time when skeletal remains show that the average man ranged from 5ft - 5ft5. The people from those days ate a wheat-based diet, and the lack of protein directly impaired their growth, much as it would do nowadays.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Feb/20
Bang on 6ft American President George Washington was born 288 years ago today. He lived to 67.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Feb/20
Abraham Lincoln, 193cm, was born on this day 211 years ago. He was assassinated on the 15th April, 1865, after just over 4 years in office, aged 56.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 11/Feb/20
173 years ago today, Thomas Edison popped into the world. He invented the light bulb and plenty more besides! Thomas stood 178cm tall. There was a darn good pop group called Edison Lighthouse in the late 60s/70s, of course named after Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison 1847-1931.๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Feb/20
208 ago to this day, much-loved English author Charles Dickens was born. I've found his height was 5ft8, so quite tall for his day!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Feb/20
Robert (Bobbie) Peel 1788-1850.

The founder of the Metropolitan Police and the Conservative Party was born 232 years ago today. I can't find his height but I can tell you that it was his idea to accept men of a minimum height of 5ft7. Years later, this went up (according to my Mum, who said that when she first arrived in this country in 1948, policemen were 'as tall as houses!') ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ

However, my first memory was reading that it was 5ft8 for men and 5ft4 for women. This will have been in the 70s, when I started reading newspapers.

Now, of course, there are no height restrictions.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Jan/20
Today, 563 years ago, Henry VII was born, or Henry Tudor. He was the first monarch of the Tudor Dynasty, coming to the throne in 1485 after his triumph at the Battle of Bosworth Field, and ending the Wars of the Roses. He reigned until his death in 1509 and was succeeded by his younger son, Henry, who became Henry VIII.

As regards his height, I've read repeatedly that he was tall and slender, also that he was 'above average'. He had a muscular build.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Jan/20
On this day, 264 years ago, the 5ft4 Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. He lived to just 35, dying at the tail end of 1791. Sadly, Mozart was buried in a pauper's grave.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Jan/20
I'd like to add that Mr Robert Burns was just 37 when he passed on. He fathered 10 children, and was himself the eldest of 7. He lived from 1759 to 1796.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Jan/20
Scottish poet Robert Burns was born 261 years ago today. According to Google, he stood 178cm tall, not a bad height for somebody born in the 18th Century!

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Jan/20
Grigori Rasputin, 1869-1916, was born on this day 151 years ago. He was an amazing 193cm, or 6ft4, which was very tall for the 19th century.

Could he please have a mention on the Historical Heights Page please Rob?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Jan/20
Edgar Allan Poe, who is widely known as a 5 foot 8 young man, was born 211 years ago today. He lived to just 40 years of age, dying on the 7th of October, 1849. His death was surrounded by mystery. His life lives on in his brilliant literary work.

RIP E A Poe ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿ“š
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Jan/20
The ill-fated, saintly Joan of Arc was born 608 years ago today, living to just 19. She was five foot two inches tall.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Dec/19
Further to my comment from 28th June this year, I've just found evidence from a site that Henry VIII was 6ft2. Perhaps he should be added, Rob? He certainly caused enough historical upheaval to warrant a mention!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Dec/19
Mary Queen of Scots popped into the world 477 years ago today!

I've heard that she was 6ft but I've also found evidence that she was 180cm, but either way, she was very tall, ESPECIALLY for her time!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Nov/19
I've found that CS Lewis was 5ft10.75 and weighed in at 180 pounds.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Nov/19
Today is the Birthday of two of the finest authors history has to offer. Louisa May Alcott was born 187 years ago and, famous for her book 'Little Women', she was dubbed 'the children's friend'.

121 years ago CS Lewis popped into the world, and, of course, he wrote 'The Chronicles of Narnia'.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Nov/19
Senator Robert F Kennedy was born 94 years ago today. He was 42 when he was sadly assassinated in 1968. I still remember the Summer's day, 6th June 1968.

His height was 175cm. Perhaps, Rob, he deserves a place on the Historical Heights Page...
Bobby 5ft 10in (178cm) said on 15/Nov/19
Rob, that letter by Washington to his tailor was actually in 1768.

Click Here

I think you should correct the information above.
Editor Rob
it's a different letter, you can see the other 1761 quote: Click Here
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Oct/19
Edward VI, the only legitimate son of King Henry VIII, was born 482 years ago today. He came to the throne at just 9 years of age, and having been exposed to TB and the measles, he still managed to learn Latin, Greek and French. Because of his young years, Edward had two advisors during his reign.

One of the ongoing characteristics of measles was a suppressed immune system. Edward became ill with a cold in the Winter of 1553 and died shortly after, having come to the throne in 1547, upon the death of his Father. With his weakened health, it is unlikely that he grew very tall like Dad, who was at least 6ft. I have seen paintings of Edward and he still looked very boyish at 15. His Dad was nearly 18 when he became King.

King Henry VIII loved the Mother of Edward, Jane Seymour, more than any of his wives and chose to be buried with her in St George's Chapel, Windsor. She died a few days after Edward was born.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Sep/19
I've concluded that Thomas Crapper's name was bordering on being a coincidence. I've found out, roughly anyway, what the word 'crap' used to mean before Thomas came along with his ballcock. ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ“๐Ÿšฝ

When man was dependant on farming for his own food long before you simply took a trip to the supermarket or ordered online, there was a term for the rejected wheat, ie. the chaff, and it would be called the crap. The term 'crap' was also applied to things like weeds or anything that wasn't entirely necessary or useful. Isn't that just so appropriate, because we don't tend to meet people on a day-to-day basis who fret at the thought of getting rid of their body's undesirable wastage, although the odd 'waste not want not' eccentric might decide to use it for fuel or fertilizer. (My friend's Dad bought pig's muck for his roses and my mate would put off going home for as long as possible at certain times of the year; the poor bloke could never sleep with the window open in baking hot weather!)


You could say that the meaning hasn't really changed that much at all!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Sep/19
Horatio Nelson was born 261 years ago today.

Huh! As I write this, Chris Tarrant has just come out with a question about Nelson on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' How ironic is that?

Nelson lived from 1758 until 1805.

He didn't lose his arm in battle, but by being hit in the arm by a cannonball as he stepped ashore in Tenerife from his ship. It is reputed that just half an hour after the amputation, he returned to his duties. His eye was lost early on in his Army career. So those playground rhymes were a load of rubbish!

The 5ft4 Admiral died when he was shot in the head, aged 47, in 1805.

Could he be added to the Historical Heights Page please, Rob?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Sep/19
โญ A Bit of Historical Fun! โญ

Mr Thomas Crapper was born 183 years years ago today. He was actually responsible for the invention of the ballcock and not the flushing toilet, as is so often believed.

In actual fact, the word 'crap', now used to refer to waste matter because of Thomas's invention, was formerly a word of Middle English origin, and meant something completely different. I'll try to find out, but if my efforts are as fruitless as they were trying to track down Thomas's height, I wouldn't hold out much hope....


Thomas Crapper died at 73.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Sep/19
Elizabeth I was born 486 years ago today. She would make a great addition to this page Rob! (1533-1603)

She's estimated to have been around 5ft5. She came to the throne in 1558, when she was 25, the same age as Elizabeth II.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Sep/19
Louis XIV of France was born 381 years ago today. He measured in at 165cm and lived to 76, dying 4 days short of his 77th Birthday.

Perhaps he deserves a mention on this page, Rob....โ“

He philandering resulted in 16 children. He died of gangrene.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Aug/19
Peganini, famous Italian violinist, (1782-1840) was 165cm tall.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Aug/19
Ironically, his son Charles II was 185cm tall!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Aug/19
I just asked Google how tall Charles I was. He was 163cm tall - before he was decapitated. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

I've seen films about the guy and I always feel sorry for him.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Aug/19
Neil Armstrong would have turned 89 today. ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Jul/19
Sir Francis Drake, the 'little captain general', was born 479 years ago today. He was 5ft5. Please, Rob, could you add him to the Historical Heights Page? Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคž
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Jun/19
Henry VIII was born 528 years ago today! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ His height was anything from 6ft to 6ft4.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/May/19
๐Ÿ‘‘ Queen Victoria was born 200 years today!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/May/19
How about adding a really tall King, as in Henry VIII? I've read he's 6ft and 6ft4, so when Google just gave me 6ft2, it occurred to me that it could be that 'she' decided upon the mean. It's not a bad idea. Do you think that this infamous philanderer of a King should have a mention on the Historical Heights Page, Rob? He reigned from 1509-1547. Thanks!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/May/19
๐Ÿณ Correction Time! ๐Ÿณ

Re: My comment from 7th May on Tchaikovsky.

That boob was not one of mine! It was my autocorrect that put RELIANCE source instead of RELIABLE source! ๐Ÿ˜

@ Rob - I think that book on Soliti puts forth a more convincing argument! ๐Ÿ‘
Editor Rob
With Mozart, again there are numerous reports of 5ft to 5ft 2 range, I think he probably was somewhere around that height.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/May/19
Last night I read that Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to be exact) was just 5ft2! This morning I asked Google and she replied 163cm. What a conundrum! ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/May/19
Russian composer Tchaikovsky, famous for such masterpieces as 'Swan Lake', was born 179 years ago today, the 7th May. He lived for 53 and-a-half years almost to the day. I looked for his height and according to one person, he was 188cm, but that's hardly a reliance source. However, he was definitely TALL.

Editor Rob
Alexander Siloti described him as a little man and in a book the author mentioned "Siloti stood approximately six-foot-four and Tchaikovsky a foot less".

But that is all I saw on a first glance, for older heights it really is far harder and more time-consuming
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Apr/19
Today would have been William Shakespeare's birthday. I just asked Google about his height and my reply? "William Shakespeare was most likely between five and six feet tall!"

How amazing is that? Does Google want a new employee? ๐Ÿ˜›
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Apr/19
Wow! Thanks enormously Rob! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Apr/19
Hi Rob! Could you consider a page for William the Conqueror, who was 178cm tall - pretty impressive for someone born in 1028! He did, after all, change the course of history.

One of his hobbies, apart from fighting, was eating, so that could explain why he grew so tall for his time. It is reputed that his stomach exploded at his funeral, causing great need for the ceremony to be a very hurried affair! ๐Ÿ˜ท

Thanks Rob! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
SnerhagAip777 said on 7/Mar/19
Rob, any idea about Peter the Great? The 6'8 claim i read on the internet about him seems exaggerated.
Editor Rob
With historical figures, it is hard to really say unless there is some sort of mention of a person having measured at a certain height.
Sandy Cowell said on 14/Feb/19
Hi Rob!

Could you please consider a page for Dr Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, the original lexographer who wrote the Dictionary? He was very tall for his time at 5ft11 and well-built.

Thank you!
Nik said on 26/Jul/18
@ Sandy Cowell - Thanks for that! I agree, William Shakespeare is one of the most famous historical people and it would be fantastic if Rob could give him an accurate listing! He has done so much to inspire and educate people with his marvellous use of the English Language, he has also done so much to develop our language, like you said!
Nik said on 26/Jul/18
@ Sandy Cowell - Thanks for that! I agree, William Shakespeare is one of the most famous historical people and it would be fantastic if Rob could give him an accurate listing! He has done so much to inspire and educate people with his marvellous use of the English Language, he had also done so much to develop our language, like you said!
Sandy Cowell said on 25/Jul/18
@ Nik - I think William Shakespeare would make a great addition. The Elizabethan playwriter had such an influence on today's language and although other famous authors have introduced words, like Lewis Carroll for instance, there is no one as prolific a contributor as Shakespeare, even if we did curse his plays as kids!

@ Ian C. - That is very interesting, your mentioning the mighty Goliath as being the only person in the Bible whose height is actually recorded! (6ft9)
Nik said on 22/Jul/18
@ Sandy Cowell @ Slim

William Shakespeare is a great idea, I would be interested to know how tall he was!
Sandy Cowell said on 23/Apr/18
@ Bobby - How very interesting! Thanks! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š
Bobby said on 11/Jan/18
@SportsHeight, Achilleus and Hektor are described as being tall, average height for a Greek back then was 5'6, so I'm guessing that Achilleus and Hector were much closer to 6ft, if not, 6ft themselves. So I'm guessing a figure between 5'10-6ft seems right. Helen was probably average height for a woman in Ancient Greece, which was 5'2.
Bobby said on 11/Jan/18
@Sandy Cowell, actually, Napoleon was 5'4 based on French units, in modern day international units, he'd be 5'7, or technically, shy of 5'7. Even the Roman units were different from today, 5'7 in Roman units is 6ft in modern day units.
Bobby said on 11/Jan/18
Rob should add Blackbeard, I've read some sources on the internet alleging that he was 6'5, I think even the History of the Pyrates says that Edward Thatch was a towering man at 6'5, standing a foot above his contemporaries.

PS: He is nevertheless regarded as a tall man by history sources, anywhere from 6ft to 6'6. He's worth a mention on here, he's infamous as a pirate.
Ian C. said on 15/Dec/17
The Bible reports the height of only one man: Goliath. Six foot nine, apparently, although it's hard to see why this would have given him an advantage in a sword fight with a shorter athletic champion. It did him no good at all against a flung stone.
marina said on 14/Dec/17
Hi Rob, what height do you think poet Charles Baudelaire looks ? There is a pic of him here Click Here It is said in books he is "average height" in the 1850's in France...
Editor Rob: from what little there is, I'd have said under 5ft 7.
Sandy Cowell said on 19/Nov/17
@ Bobby - Hi! Until I started visiting this website, I had only ever heard about Napolean being really small; not 5ft2 or 3, but 5ft!
I think Rob's estimate of 5ft4 is infinitely more likely any day than 5ft7, don't you agree?
It's ridiculous that he was even deemed to be small, when he was clearly an average-heighted man for his day and age.

Sandy Cowell said on 19/Nov/17
@ Slim - Will Shakespeare is a great idea!

@ Edward IV - He would also make a brill addition! He was a very interesting Plantagenate King!

How about them, Rob, please, please, pretty please!
Slim said on 27/Sep/17
Can we please have William Shakespeare?
MIncer said on 20/Sep/17
Edward IV was apparently 6'4.5 and the tallest British Monarch?
grizz said on 30/Jul/17
How tall was Wyatt Earp?
I was watching Sunset movie starring Bruce Willis and James Garner (as Wyatt Earp). Wyatt Earp played a film consultant in LA.
I thought that was pure comedy and fictional, but he actually was an unpaid movie consultant in later life! What a time to be alive, shake hands with some of the manliest American that ever lived (Teddy Roosevelt, Wyatt Earp)
Bobby said on 23/Jun/17
How tall was Napolean Bonaparte though? Some sources say he was 5'4, others that he was 5'7. Or about average height for a French man at that time.
Sandy Cowell said on 30/May/17
๐ŸŒŸ @ Rob! ๐ŸŒŸ

Now THAT'S what I call an answer! Bravo! Brilliance itself! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘
Sandy Cowell said on 29/May/17
@ Rob - ๐Ÿ‘
I was mighty surprised that she was THAT tall!
Editor Rob: the further you go back in history, the more difficult it might be to really know the true height, unless we have a noted writer/historian who mentions somebody getting measured, or anecdotes from writers who have met the person in question.

I wonder in 5000 years time, what famous names from this era will still be spoke of, watched or written about...

I've mentioned it before, but in the future (beyond our lifetime) I am certain there will be some 'celeb height' virtual reality or holographic attraction in which you can find the height of anybody, stand, talk and interact with holographic projections of them.
Sandy Cowell said on 26/May/17
@ Rob - Could you consider adding Mary Queen of Scotts to your Historical Heights page?
She was, I have heard, SIX FOOT TALL, and for someone from the 16th century, that was mighty tall - let alone for a woman!
Editor Rob: I did read 5ft 11 and 6ft for her.
World Citizen said on 24/May/17
I was really surprised at Nikola Tesla's height. I thought he was way shorter than listed.
Orlando said on 25/Apr/17
You have removed the pages for Walt Whitman, Henry Miller and Salvador Dali. Sad.
Editor Rob: I had to move the server and regenerate all pages from the current database, so some old pages that were stuck in time may not be around anymore.
Orlando said on 18/Apr/17
Mata Hari was quite a tall lady: 1.75 m (5ft 9in): Click Here
Sandy Cowell said on 23/Mar/17
Re: Edgar Allan Poe - 5ft8 in the 1800's was quite a sizeable height! I watched a drama yesterday (Inspector Morse actually), and the heights of Jack the Ripper's victims were mentioned and the facts were related not unlike this: "4ft9, 4ft11, the women were all that sort of height except for one, with a nickname implying she was tall! She was 5ft3". The nickname might have been 'Long Liz' followed by "because she was so tall!"
So that means Edgar Allan Poe was 9 - 11inches taller than the average woman, if that story's to be believed! I'd say it makes a good deal of sense! So in one and a half centuries, a woman's average height has soared by 6 inches easily! Therefore, so will a man's! My powers of deduction are quite forbidding sometimes, if I do say so myself!
Sandy Cowell said on 22/Mar/17
So Louis XVI was described as 'five foot ten inches in height, heavily built but not yet too fat'!
That sounds very much as though there's a certain inevitability that he would get fat! French kings called Louis, I ask you, and there were enough of them, all waiting to reach a certain stonage! I thought they were meant to rule the country! ๐Ÿ‘‘
grizz said on 28/Dec/16
@Rob,any idea on height&weight of Teddy Roosevelt?
I see 5'9 and 5'10 on the Internet, but weight surprised me the most - one source mentioned 220 while another claimed 235 lbs! I'm surprised because he looked relatively athletic in photos, not to mention his crazy fitness regimen throughout his life.
Editor Rob: not really looked at Teddy yet.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Dec/16
Rob how tall do you reckon Lyndon B Johnson was really? Not sure 6'4 barefoot, 6'3.5 might be possible?
Editor Rob: Arch, a peak for Lyndon may well have been above 6ft 3.
josh jeffords said on 9/Oct/16
Cool page how do you have Tesla and not Edison?
Never knew Lincoln was so tall or skinny, he is often portrayed by people 5 10 or under.
I heard about twain and poe but Beethoven is surprising too.
Editor Rob: hadn't looked yet for a height, there is a few names I'd like to add to this eventually.
so said on 3/Oct/16
How come when I google Leonardo Da vinci height, there are sites saying he was 6'4.... Where an earth did they get that idea?
Editor Rob: it is possible it was mentioned in a book once, one site got it from there and others copied.
LoganNoll1996 said on 17/Sep/16
We need a height page for famous composers. Very curious to how tall John Williams(current and peak height), Hans Zimmer, Wolfgang Mozart, Max Steiner, and Jerry Goldsmith were/are.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Aug/16
I've read as high as 6ft3 for George Washington
Tunman said on 24/Jul/16
What about Malcolm X?possibly a fraction taller than 6'2.5 Ali maybe 6'3
Pucko said on 4/Jul/16
I think Abe deserves his own page :) he looks around 6'3.5 in the few full body photos out there of him. So if it's documented that he got measured at 6'3.75, and Lincoln himself claimed 6'4 at times, then it should be safe to put him at 6'3.75

Please make this happen Rob, i think it could get alot of searches, especially now
Orlando said on 5/Jun/16
Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen (1878-1967), British soldier, intelligence officer and ornithologist, was 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), according to biography "The Meinertzhagen Mystery" by Brian Garfield.
SHORTY said on 18/May/16
Interesting that you have Lincoln at 6'3.75" Rob. I read a book where someone asked him his height and he replied that he was " six feet four inches after getting out the kinks". However, the book went on to explain that an artist named Frank Carpenter actually measured him at "six foot three and three fourths".
Matthew said on 6/May/16
Thoughts on Shakespeare? Seen him listed from a then-average 5'6 to really tall at 6'4

Colonel Sanders: IMDB has him once (not sure if they still do) at 6'5. Farfetched, but I usually see him at 5'10 which is more reasonable
Editor Rob: really not got any idea on Shakespeare, I'm sure a good estimate is out there
TJE said on 25/Mar/16
I'm not so sure about Da Vinci at just 5'9. When you say skeleton, I think of just the bones; he'd be taller than 5'8 at his death. He was also described as tall, handsome, and extremely athletic. I'm thinking 5'10 peak and 5'9 at age 67.
TJE said on 24/Mar/16
I'm surprised Charles I was only 5'4 considering Mary Queen of Scots was 5'11 and Henry Stuart was described as over six feet tall. I'm guessing Anne of Denmark was quite short then.

Also, Rob, could you add Louis XVI to the top? He's been described as both 5'10 and over 6'1. He was described by Nesta Webster as:

"Five foot ten inches in height, heavily built but not yet too fat, with well-shaped legs, a pleasant ruddy countenance and pale blue eyes..."

I have yet to find anything confirming over six foot but IMO 5'10 is liklier. I've also heard anywhere from 5'2 to 5'9 for Marie Antoinette.
Orlando said on 12/Mar/16
J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), father of the atomic bomb. According to a medical physical in 16 January 1943 he was 5 ft 10 in tall, weighted 128 lbs (58 kg) and had a 28 in (71 cm) waist (Source: "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer", by Kai Bird, Vintage Books, 2006, page 632)
Orlando said on 12/Mar/16
At 54:26 of this video Click Here see J. Edgar Hoover standing next to 5' 8" president Harry S. Truman. About the same height as Truman if not shorter. This Hoover guy seemed to be a big fan of built-in shoes. No way he ever was the 5ft 10in he claimed in his FBI personal record. See him next to the Kennedy bros (Jack at 5'11" and Bobby at 5'9"): Click Here
Orlando said on 12/Mar/16
According to his Army physical record of May 1917 (aged 33) Harry Truman was 5ft 8in tall (Source: "Truman", by David McCullough, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1992, page 102): Click Here
Laura said on 14/Nov/15
Edgar's sister is 1.5 years shorter than him.
Laura said on 14/Nov/15
I'll believe 5'1.5" because my best cousin & I are Eskimo/Asian pride!
Laura said on 14/Nov/15
What was Rosalie's height? She turned 33 after The Tell-Tale Heart!
SportsHeight said on 7/Oct/15
Rob, any info on Miyamoto Musashi, the most famous samurai in history?
[Editor Rob: had a quick look but couldn't see any notable reference to how tall he was, but I'm sure it will be out there.]
Judd ISR said on 30/Sep/15
Rob do you believe to the theory of the ancient Giants?
[Editor Rob: I don't think I've read much about that...]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Sep/15
Washington has been described from 6ft to 6ft3
TJE said on 20/Aug/15
Rob, when nobles was referred to as tall, how tall would they have been? 5'9-5'10?
[Editor Rob: depends on the average in the era, but I'd have guessed 5ft 10 maybe]
Key said on 31/Jul/15
Mark Twain is right. I'm 5'8.5 and with boots it brings me up to 5'10"
SportsHeight said on 30/Jul/15
Rob, any guesses for Homer's Trojan War figures? Hector, Paris, Achilles, Odysseus, Agamemnon, Helen??? Would love to hear your thoughts/perceptions on all.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jun/15
Washington was about 6ft2
OneNamePlease said on 25/May/15
How tall is William Wallace?
[Editor Rob: he's been described from 6ft 2 up to 6ft 7!]
The Exorcist said on 21/May/15
I remember my history teacher telling us William Wallace was 6'8". LOL!

Very doubtful, especially back in those days.
SHORTY said on 20/May/15
Rob, if you could meet any historical figure to determine their true height who would it be. I would say Napoleon Bonaparte as his height was a subject of debate due to inaccurate french measurements.
SHORTY said on 20/May/15
Rob, if you could meet any historical figure to determine their true height who would it be. I would say Napoleon Bonaparte as his height was a subject of debate due to inaccurate french measurements.
[Editor Rob: yes Napoleon would be interesting to meet.
a few I'd like to have seen: William Wallace, Abraham Lincoln, Julius Caesar.]
Rey said on 25/Apr/15
You would be shorter in death and with skeletal remains. The loss of skin and tissue, not mention the loss of hydration. The body would actually shrink from the lack of these elements.
REX said on 12/Apr/15
How tall is Osama Bin Laden ?
Fog181 said on 8/Apr/15
Perhaps you could add King Edward 1? Died in his late 60s and his skeleton was still measured at 6'2 so could have been taller at peak - maybe 6'3ish
Panda said on 22/Feb/15
Hey Rob according to this link:
Click Here
It states that George Washington's frozen corpse was measured at 6'3.5" (192 cm.). How much extra height would a frozen corpse with pressure relieved off it (due to lying down and being lifeless so gravity and muscle tension don't lower the height) gain? How tall do you think this would have made Washington when alive? I think this would have made Washington 6'1.5", not a legit 6'2".
[Editor Rob: it's hard to say based on a frozen corpse really, just how much the effects of freezing would have on a body.

I imagine there is hope for Sly, even in death, to be 6ft himself then!]
grizz said on 15/Feb/15
Rob, any idea how tall was John D.Rockefeller, the richest man in the history of the world?
[Editor Rob: 5ft 11 I read]
Tunman said on 13/Feb/15
yeah,height in Europe dropped due to wars,diseases,famine...
Now with 70 years of peace it moved from 5'7-8 in the 40's to 5'9-10 today.
Wars should be avoided....for the sake of height,lol.
just because said on 5/Feb/15
What about maximus thrax roman emperor rumoured to have suffered from acromegaly rumoured to have been anywhere between 6 foot 8 and a mind boggling 8 feet 6.

Or old braveheart william wallace at 6 foot 7.
TJE said on 26/Jan/15
I would've thought that Old Georgie would be 6'0.5-6'1, but now that I see the paintings of him, he can appear 6'0, sometimes he even can look closer to 5'11 in some.

Anyway, I heard that the average height during the 11th century was actually 5'8, well, in Europe at least. It progressively dropped to 5'5 in the 17th and 18th centuries. Just wanted to bring that up.
Jon said on 21/Jan/15
I've read that Washington was wrong about his height, and that he was actually 6'3. He often complained that his pants were too short, and other founding fathers commented that he was always the tallest man in the room. Could he have been wrong about his height Rob?
[Editor Rob: 6ft is still quite tall when the average wasn't 5ft 9 but less. I don't believe he'd be as tall as 6ft 3, but I suppose back then incorrect measurements might have been more possible?]
Judd said on 11/Jan/15
[Editor Rob: he was billed as 6ft 3, he could have lost height of course.]

during JFK's presidence, Johnson was was in his 50's (he was born in 1908).
Actually rob, from those and others pictures if JFK was 5'11.75"-6'0", then Johnson doesn't seem more than 1" solid, so in the 6'1" range...
it's hard to belive for me that a person has lost 2" at 55-60 years old...

i think 6'3" perhaps was a shoes measurement, but barefeet i really doubt he has ever been taller than 6'2"...
Judd said on 10/Jan/15
[Editor Rob: I read 5ft 9 and 10 descriptions of her aswell.]

really? i believed she was a bit taller, not for sure 5'11.5" but in the 5'10-11" range...

what do you think about Lyndon B. Johnson's height? He could be 6'1-1.5" next to John F. Kennedy?

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[Editor Rob: he was billed as 6ft 3, he could have lost height of course.]
Judd said on 8/Jan/15
i haven't yet watched this page. it's recent...Washington at 6'0" it's a surprise...i always believed he was 6'3-4"...

rob what's your estimate for Eleanor Roosevelt? perhaps 5'11"?
[Editor Rob: I read 5ft 9 and 10 descriptions of her aswell.]
the shredder said on 1/Jan/15
Rob , how tall was King Tut ? I read 5 ft 5 .
[Editor Rob: well it appears that based on the tibia they determined he was 170cm ish...although some articles have put (5 and a half feet) beside that.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 31/Dec/14
George Washington was described as being 6ft3
Arch Stanton said on 30/Dec/14
Rob there's a typo on Described for Twain.
Celebheights 188 CM said on 28/Dec/14
Abraham Lincoln-6'3.5"
Franklin Roosevelt-6'1.5"
George Washington-6'1.25"
Mark Twain-5'8.5"
Edgar Allan Poe-5'8"
Bishop said on 23/Dec/14
I'm still finding 6' hard to believe for Washington, since many sources claim 6'2". But if he claims it, then I won't argue against it. I'm still not sure on Tesla's height, though.
[Editor Rob: if Washington is telling his taylor he is six feet rather than six two, then he's going to be in for a shock when he ends up with 'Half Masts'.

It's probably easier to add a few inches to a President back then than it would be in last century.]
MD said on 23/Dec/14
Panda, I've always seen the same thing. Washington is almost always described in biographies as having been 6'2".
Bishop said on 22/Dec/14
Edgar Allan Poe - Military records from West Point give his height as 5'8". He also claimed 5'8" in a letter to Joseph M. Field. A biographical article in 1843 on him from the Philadelphia Saturday Museum stated that he was "about five feet, eight inches in height". Another letter from W. G. Simmons claims that he was 5'8" as well.

Mark Twain - This letter claims 5'8.5" (It's in German): Click Here
[Editor Rob: yes thanks, I had a look and seen twain described at that height in another book.]
Sam said on 22/Dec/14
Yeah, hard for me to believe George Washington was only six feet, I've heard a lot of 6'2" and that he was always the tallest in the room. Any quotes for Thomas Jefferson? At the National Constitution Center here in Philadelphia, tour guides tell you that Washington was 6'3" but they have copper (I believe) life-sized replicas of the signers of the constitution and Washington's looks 6'2" range.
Panda said on 20/Dec/14
George Washington was 6'0"? Strange, he's always listed as 6'2" everywhere. Huh maybe his height tends to be exaggerated like Steve Jobs' (listed as 6'2" but really 6'0"/6'0.5"). Either that or measurements were a bit different in the 1700s. 6'2" seems believable for Washington though.
[Editor Rob: I think I'd go with his own claim of six feet.]
177cmGuy said on 19/Dec/14
Both Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B Johnson are tied as the tallest U.S presidents both at 6'4.The shortest was James Madison at 5'4. The top 3 presidents of all time from polls were Lincoln, rosevalt and washington who were 6 foot or above. Looks like there is a significant correlation with height and sucessfull presedential candidates but height is only a single factor.
new guy said on 6/Oct/14
Rob you should make a page where people can talk about their growth charts in their teen years
Bishop said on 6/Aug/14
William Wallace? His sword was measured at 5'6". He had to be AT LEAST 6'6" to wield this.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Jul/14
Click Here

Says there the average height for Romans was 5 ft 3, and I think they were typically bigger than Israelites. That 5 ft 10 gladiator I suppose would have been comparable to a 6 ft 4 or 5 guy today.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jul/14
Rob is Jesus worth adding? :-) Seriously though, how tall would a guy like Jesus or his disciples or a typical middle eastern guy have been in the early AD? Depictions of Jesus typically give off a Russell Brand sort of tall frame. I know some Roman skeletons have been unearthed and are typically 5'5" or 5'6" I think. I just get the idea that Jesus would have been way above average. You'd think the good Lord would have made Jesus 10 ft 7 purely to show off and edge out Goliath and say "there you go, God made me taller than you! :-)
[Editor Rob: probably your typical average man of that day, 5ft 2 would have been more likely than something like 6ft as the average would be much smaller.]
Arch Stanton said on 8/Jun/14

Bin Laden's body was measured by the FBI before they got rid of him (well as they reported anyway) and they said they had a guy on the team who was the tallest and of a measured 6'4" range and had him lie down next to him and they said they were about the same height. They did once estimate him at 6'6 I think, which isn't that surprising if you consider his skinny build and quite intimidating demeanour. Probably towered a lot of Asians although I do know that northern Pakistan and Afghanistan has a lot of Pashtuns and others where over 6ft is more common than the south.
MrTBlack said on 7/Jun/14
I did not notice Washington stating his height as 6'0". If that's true then the absolute most he was was 6'0.5".
Bishop said on 6/Jun/14
@Rob, Benjamin Franklin (Who was around 5'9" - 5'10") said this of Washington: "We always choose him to lead us because he was always the tallest man in the room." His height is getting pretty confusing now.

As for Tesla, he looked tall in pics but 6'6" would make him look pretty huge for his time and he didn't look that huge in pictures.
Bishop said on 5/Jun/14
Nikola Tesla - This sight claims Tesla was 6'6" Click Here but other sources claim 6'2". He didn't really look 6'6" in pictures with other people.
Queen Victoria - 5'
Napolean Bonaparte - 5'6" or 5'7". Was measured after his death at 5'2" but this was in French units.
Osama Bin Laden - FBI describes Osama as 6'4" to 6'6" and 160 Ib. He looked pretty tall in photos so this could be believable.
King Carl XVI Gustaf - 5'10.5"
Fidel Castro - Described as 6'1" to 6'3"
Pablo Picasso - 5'4"
Lyndon B. Johnson - 6'3.5" very close to Lincoln.
Eleanor Roosevelt - Tallest U.S. First Lady standing at 5'11.5". Michelle is at a close second.
Isaac Newton - 5'6"

Rob, are you sure about George being 6' in height? Because he always complained that his clothes were too small and constantly complained that the leggings were too short so it may have indicated that he was taller than 6'. And after his death, he was measured 6'3.5" in his stockings......
[Editor Rob: from the same book someone who met him said "about six foot high, perfectly straight and well made"...and another person Senator Maclay said "In stature about six
feet". Washington himself says six feet, I think he is more likely to be as he said.

Tesla's height is a hard one as he's got a few very tall descriptions, and the average back then was a couple inches shorter than today. 6ft 6 would have really stood out.]
MrTBlack said on 31/May/14
FDR was 6'1" solid. George Washington was also 6'2" btw.
mike said on 28/May/14
Rob, why not add a page for Abraham Lincoln?
[Editor Rob: I think it's ok to have a page like this with some notable people who I haven't given a single page too]
Arch Stanton said on 26/May/14
Hehe! Nice one! Now the tallest page on celeb heights!
Arch Stanton said on 26/May/14
Can you link this page at the bottom of your side bar underneath fan photos? It might get more interest that way!
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/14
Rob can you change Historical Height's height to 9 ft 6 as a p**s take on Goliath who was supposedly that height? LOL.
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/14
Yeah that's a good idea with quotes if possible.
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/14
Two more:

Gandhi -5 ft 3 Click Here He was a little fella as can be seen in photos, probably about right actually.
Martin Luther King -5'6.5 Most sources say this. LA Times says 5'7", probably accurate.
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/14
Can you create a list above sort of like in the Neighbours and Eastenders pages? As I say over time they can always be tweaked if any of us find evidence to indicate heights are too high or two low.
[Editor Rob: yes, I will need comments and time though to help out.]
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/14
Awesome. Thanks Rob. This could be fun! And it would save having lots of pages for people who really won't get much traffic on their own accord but might generate more discussion here. What we could do is document heights by section, like Kings/royalty, World leaders and politicians, and then others etc although obviously some would be too wild guesses and too silly to add like 10 ft 6 for Goliath!

Here's some inaugural suggestions:

Richard III, King of England (1452-1485) -Click Here -a confirmed 5'7.75 (172cm)
Henry VIII, King of England (1491-1547), He once had an armoured suit which would fit a 6'4" guy, historians guess anything from 6'1-6'4" but I think 6'2" seems to be the most common one and around that is quite likely. He was a big fella as can be seen by the paintings of him.
Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia (1672-1725) -Click Here most sources claim 6 ft 7 or 6 ft 8. I think he had acromegaly and most pictures of him show a Peter Crouch like frame, might be legit.

World leaders:
Click Here states

Winston Churchill -5 ft 6
Muammar Gadafi -6 ft (how did he fare next to Blair?- seems exaggerated)
Charles de Gaulle -6 ft 5?? Really? Would need checking..
Abraham Lincoln -6 ft 4
*Vladimir Lenin -5 ft 5
Benito Mussolini -5'6.5"
Richard Nixon -5'11.5
Joseph Stalin -5 ft 5 (I've also read 5 ft 3 or 4 for him but we know Russian leaders tend to be downgraded!)
*Maggie Thatcher 5 ft 5
George Washington -6'1.5
*Boris Yeltsin (6'1.5)

A few others in that article worth mentioning although how reliable they are is questionable as it has Medvedev at 5'4". Still, I think they're worth adding and over time people can provide comparisons if possible and they can always be tweaked if evidence points against the standard listings.

Roald Dahl - 6 ft 6, really looked it in photographs, Sophie inherited his genes. Click Here

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