Historical Heights

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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Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Jan/21
Convicted War criminal, Hermann Goring, who was leader of the Nazi Party, commander in chief of the Luftwaffe, president of the Reichstag, head of the Gestapo, and Prime Minister of Prussia, amongst other things, was born 128 years ago today.

Gory Goring stood 178cm tall.

He was a fighter pilot in the First World War and received the 'Pour le Merite' for his efforts.

Self-indulgent in the extreme, Goring was one of many wounded in 1923 at Hitler's unsuccessful Beer Hall Putsch and this resulted in a dependency on morphine and morphine-related painkilling drugs.

Goring was found guilty of conspiracy, War crimes, crimes against peace and crimes against Humanity at the Nuremberg trials and sentenced to be hanged, but he smuggled a cyanide tablet into the prison, which he took a matter of hours before his planned execution.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Hermann Wilhelm Goring lived from 12th January, 1893 to the 15th October, 1945. ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 1/Jan/21
Hello all you history enthusiasts and a Happy New Year to you all!

We start 2021 off with a birthday, that of J Edgar Hoover, who was born 126 years ago today. Hoover was the head of the FBI for 8 days short of 48 years and was an excellent and productive leader. He was born in Washington DC, living there all his life, and educated at Washington University, specialising in law enforcement. There was much tittle-tattle about his personal life; it was believed that he dressed up in women's clothing, but so what? If he did, it didn't impair his leadership! He lived with his mother until he was 40.

He stood 171cm tall and lived to 77, dying peacefully in his sleep.

RIP John Edger Hoover ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ‘
1st January, 1895 - 2nd May, 1972
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Dec/20
๐Ÿ“–โ„๏ธ As regards my comment from 15th December, I think the source from where I found that there were only four white Christmases throughout the whole of the 20th Century is inaccurate. For a start, my weather-mad brother thinks it's closer to seven and then there's another snippet of information I'd like to share with you.

I think I was probably in my early twenties when I found out that if a single snowflake settles on a particular relevant place to do with weather records on December the 25th, IT COUNTS AS A WHITE CHRISTMAS! If you ask me, that's utter cr@p. In the early 19th Century, we were still in a mini ice age. This started in 1303 and ended around 1860 (dates are approximate) and effected Europe and North America. It meant that there were far more snow flurries in December. Snow is far more likely to fall from January to April, and statistics show that a white Easter is more common than a white Christmas.

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Dec/20
โ„๏ธ It's teeming down with hail where I live. It's not festive enough for Christmas really, and, although we only had four white Christmases last Century, we might wonder who or what is to blame for this desirable state of affairs - The White Christmas.

Many feel we have the 5ft8" Charles Dickens to thank for this. Born in on the 7th February, 1812, Charles John Huffam Dickens's first few Christmases were white. In 1814, the Thames froze over so solidly that the folk were able to skate on it, hold market stalls on it and even walk an elephant on the freezing ice! ๐Ÿ˜ Though it's hard to believe he actually remembered it at nearly three years of age, (though not impossible), the celebrations will have been talked about for many years to come. The young Charles, who went on to father ten children, still saw many a childhood White Christmas.

RIP Charles ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธโ›„โ›ธ๏ธ XXX
7/2/1812 - 9/6/1870
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 11/Dec/20
Today, 228 years ago, the last French monarch, Louis XVI, went on trial for treason against the people. Just over a month later, he was guillotined.

I found an astronomical 193cm for Louis XVI!

He was born on the 23rd August 1754, came to the throne on the 10th May, 1774 and ceased being King on the 21st September, 1792.

RIP Louis ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
23/8/1754 - 21/1/1793 (aged 38)
Duhon said on 7/Dec/20
George Washington seems to be listed at 6'2"-6'3" by most other sources. I wonder if in his era anyone over 6' would just refer to themselves as simply "6 feet"? As that would have still be quite tall for that era.
Editor Rob
sometimes there are very specific historical heights.

I mean look at John Dillinger...Click Here.

5ft 7 and 1/8th...

I bet he fought over getting that 1/8th added ๐Ÿค“
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Dec/20
Washington is a pure unknown...described anywhere from 6ft to 6ft5!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Dec/20
Yesterday, the 6th of December, Henry VI was born. He came to the throne at just under 9 months of age, but the decisions were made for him until he was around 15. He was crowned King of France, as Henry II of France, in 1431, the only King ever to reign over both countries. The reign ceased in 1453, when his uncle, Charles VII, took over the French throne.

He was considered a soft-hearted King, an opinion held by William Shakespeare. I consider him a kind figure of a man, who left behind a legacy of educational imporiums, including Eton college.

Henry's skeleton was measured in 1910 and he was found to be 5ft9.

Henry VI reigned from 1422 - 1461 and then again from 1470 - 1471, when he was murdered. He was from the House of Lancaster, and a Plantagenet.

RIP Henry VI ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ XX
(6/12/1421 - 21/5/1471, aged 49.)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Dec/20
@ Christian - I think the American view is more accurate and thorough; the older one gets, the greater the scope one has of being able to look back to various ages and think how easily or otherwise we found learning at that particular stage of our lives.

When we're in our mid-teens, we have so much going on what with the development of our bodies that the stress of learning and the compulsory taking of exams is often too much for some youngsters to cope with. In our twenties, we're that much more mature and can exert ourselves infinitely better than we can as teenagers. At 16, I wasn't forceful enough to stick two fingers up at the decisions that were being made for me - by my strict mother. I went to college to read business studies, and I hated it. After just over a term, I made the decision to leave, and was surprised that my Mum respected my viewpoint. I got a job and saved up for the school fees to go back to the school where I'd been educated since I was 11, and learnt shorthand, typing - and BUSINESS STUDIES, including English for commerce, but it was presented in a far more enjoyable way, so I excelled, whereas had I stayed at that large impersonal college, I'd have messed up something frightful!

Sorry for the delay in replying, Christian. Now I have some interesting info coming up about the youngest king to ever take the English throne....
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 8/Nov/20
I heard that it was 21 or something like that though, but I guess it varies on the person. It may explain why most people around that age are college students.
Chilling said on 7/Nov/20
Nik Ashton- I agree, it shouldn't, and it probably matters a lot less than it did in the Stone Age, but it does to an extent, subconsciously I'm sure. If 2 candidates matched equally on competence etc etc, height would definitely play a crucial role. However, candidates typically tend to vary on the more important stuff as well, so height probably gets relegated to the background.
Maybe we can see the importance of height in the private sector, as CEOs tend to be much above the average height, and candidates for the top job wouldn't vary on too much. Omitted variables I'm sure, but it'd be interesting to see a proper study.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Nov/20
@ Christian - Yes, I get totally lost in history.

When you're tiny, it's recommended that you learn how to spell a new word every day. Not good enough! If they explained a few spelling rules to these kids, they'd learn at a far faster rate. We reach our greatest capacity for absorbing facts at around 16, but I'm not letting that put me off. You can learn all manner of things in the most enjoyable of ways - really entertaining ones. That way, you never grow bored!

Cheers Christian! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“–
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Nov/20
@ J2Frenzy - I did a comment to that effect on David Warner's page on 14/10/16. Yes, it's the easiest way to lose height, I must agree on that one!
J2Frenzy said on 4/Nov/20
@Sandy Marie Antoinette shrunk a lot, she was a head shorter after she died!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 4/Nov/20
Cool, thanks for the history info! To paraphrase one of Einstein's quotes, we never stop learning until the day we die.
Nik Ashton said on 3/Nov/20
Chilling - It shouldnโ€™t matter at all!
J2Frenzy said on 3/Nov/20
Another interesting thing is that King Henry VIII was considered a giant for his height, when he was my height and weight! TBF the average English peasant was probably about 5โ€™4 but itโ€™s weird to think of someone my size as giant
Chilling said on 3/Nov/20
US Presidents and height is interesting....(Click Here). Abraham Lincoln was an absolute giant for his time it seems, for instance. But does that carry over to the UK? The two most powerful men in the country atm are 5'9 (Boris) and 5'7 (Sunak) as per what I read online. Maybe height matters all else equal, but it isn't thaaaat important when there are other differences between candidates (looking at last year's Conservative leadership election when 5'9 Boris beat 6'2 Jeremy Hunt).
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Nov/20
I can't believe what I've just read. I asked Google for Louis XVI's height - and I found a staggering SIX FOOT FOUR! That's all of 6" taller than Rob's 5ft10. ๐Ÿคญ

I'm sure I'd have had some inkling of knowledge about King Louis XVI, the last King to rule France, being so tall from my school history books if he'd been THAT huge. We learnt that Henry VIII was very tall. I've read 6ft, 6ft2 and 6ft4 for the second Tudor monarch, which was gigantic in the 16th Century. (He reigned from 1509 - 1547) ๐Ÿ‘‘

Had Louis been 6ft4, surely it would be a far more famous fact than it actually is? ๐Ÿค”
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Nov/20
Marie Antoinette

The wife of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, was born 265 years ago today. She was the daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor, Francis I, so she was brought up in luxurious surroundings and fed accordingly. When she married Louis, she spent her time equally between rich and poor alike.

Reputed for saying about the poor, "Let them eat cake!", this was never actually proved. Caught up in the French Revolution of 1789, both Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI were sentenced to death by guillotine in January 1793, the monarchy having already been abolished the previous year. The two were imprisoned in the August of that year. Louis endeavoured to be a good King, but could not undo the huge debts that had been accrued by previous Kings, and went bravely to his death on the 21st January, 1793, aged 38. His wife was guillotined some nine months later, on the 16th October. Her young son was forced to admit to incest with his mother around late spring/early summer '93, losing her custody of the lad. So sad.

Marie Antoinette could have been as tall as 5ft6, but opinions differ. She could have been no taller than 5ft2.5.

RIP Marie Antoinette ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿ’
(2/11/1755 - 16/10/1793)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 31/Oct/20
J2Frenzy - You're too right there. They were nearly all beyond redemption - apart from a small minority, like Oskar Schindler.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 31/Oct/20
@ Christan

Re: The Background of Oscar Wilde

To say that Oscar Wilde came from a privileged background is an understatement!

He was a descendant of Dutchman, William de Wilde, who accompanied Dutch William of Orange, also known as King William the III, who co-reigned England, Scotland and Ireland because he was married to Queen Mary II, the daughter of James II, who united to form an alliance with The Netherlands. In Medieval times alliances were often made through marriage, ie Henry VIII of England married Catherine of Aragon of Spain to continue the alliance with Spain that had been sealed when his brother, the short-lived Prince Arthur, Duke of Wales and next in line to the throne after his father Henry VII, died. William de Wilde, or Colonel de Wilde as he became, ventured to Ireland in 1690 in William of Orange's Army.

Now we have that out of the way! The Wilde family stayed in Ireland, and Oscar and his elder brother, William, were born to William Wilde, who was Ireland's leading ophthalmologic surgeon, tending to the eye problems of the badly off citizens of Dublin. William Wilde Senior was knighted in 1864 for his services as the Medical Advisor and the Assistant Commissioner to the Censuses of Ireland.

Oscar went to only the best schools and colleges and his family had the money to eat well. It was after attending Oxford University that Oscar decided to move to London to pursue a career in literature.

I think his affluent background explains his height, as well - obviously - as his genetic makeup.

So there you go, Christian....! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 31/Oct/20
Italian explorer Christopher Columbus was born 569 years ago today. He was sponsored by the Spanish throne and set off to claim the West Indies, later crossing the Atlantic (four voyages) discovering the Americas, then called The New World, leading to their colonisation.

Columbus was considered well above the then average height of 5ft7 for that part of the World. Well, that's what I found and I thought it rather on the tall side myself for the 16th Century!

He had pale sandy-blond hair which had gone completely white by the time he was in his 30s.

Columbus had two sons, Diego and Ferdinand, and he lived to the age of 54.

Christopher Columbus ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
(31/10/1451 - 20/5/1506)
J2Frenzy said on 30/Oct/20
@Sandy describing a Nazi as unbelievably evil doesnโ€™t narrow it down much
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Oct/20
@ Christian - I'll have to get back to you on that one. I'm interested it that myself.

Those days, back in the 19th Century, it seems likely that Oscar Wilde will indeed have come from a well-off family to have reached his level of education. He's noted for saying, when asked whether he had anything to declare, "Nothing but my genius!"
J2Frenzy said on 29/Oct/20
How tall was Aristotle? I always picture him being tall and thin
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 28/Oct/20
6'3" was very tall for his time. I wonder if Wilde came from a wealthy family, so he had access to relatively good nutrition and healthcare.
Linke said on 28/Oct/20
This article states that Alexander the Great was about 5'0 and Porus was 7'0.
Click Here

A historical book I read in school states 5'5 for Alexander and 6'2 for Porus.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Oct/20
America's 26th President, Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, was born 162 years ago today. He had six children and lived to 60. Teddy measured 178cm tall.

Theodore Roosevelt
27/10/1858 - 6/1/1919 ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Oct/20
Re: Oscar Wilde - Make that 44 years.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Oct/20
Irish novelist, playwrite and poet Oscar Wilde was born 166 years ago today. He stood 191cm tall and lived just 46 years.

RIP Oscar Wilde
16/10/1856 - 30/11/1900 ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Oct/20
Stuart King James II was born 387 years ago today. He was the last Catholic monarch to rule England, Scotland, as King James VII, and Ireland but lost his hold on the Scottish throne in 1688 after The Glorious Revolution. He became King in 1685.

James was married twice, fathered 19 children and stood 6ft from the ground.

King James II ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
14/10/1633 - 16/9/1701 ๐Ÿ‘‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Oct/20
@ Christian - I think it would make a pleasant change to give a thoroughly nice historical figure a page - far preferable to Stalin and ๐Ÿ’ฒHitler!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 5/Oct/20
Hitler is another one that's born in the 1800's that has his own page. So is Stalin and Churchill. So Ghandi's certainly not too old to warrant an individual page.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 4/Oct/20
@ Rob - Thanks very much for adding the brave and much revered Mahatma Gandhi to the Historical Heights page.

@ If Ghandi did get his own page, I'd certainly write on it. I actually checked to see if he already had a page, but I think that very few, if any, people who were born in the 19th century have pages here, and if they do, they'd be actors born at the tail end of the 1800's.

I enjoy writing on this page, which offers so much scope. It was such a good idea of Rob's. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘Œ
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 3/Oct/20
Nevermind a mention, maybe an individual page is even better. He's one of the most famous figures in modern history. If Hitler (of all people) gets an individual page, then so should Ghandi.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Oct/20
Indian activist Mahatma Ghandi was born on this day 151 years ago. Standing just 5ft4, this did nothing to put him off fighting for Indian independence, and this great, heroic man formed the Indian Independence movement. I also found a slightly taller height for Ghandi, which was 165cm, so this might have been his height when young.

Sadly, he was assassinated aged 78. ๐Ÿ˜ข

Mahatma Gandhi
2/10/1869 - 30/1/1948

Perhaps, Rob, he deserves a mention on the Historical Page....
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Sep/20
HG Wells was born 154 years ago today in Bromley, Kent. Writer of 'The War of the Worlds', 'The Time Machine', 'The Invisible Man', 'Tales of Time and Space' and many more, Wells gave sci-fi an excellent launching platform and is often dubbed The Father of Science Fiction. I've found 5ft5 and 5ft8 for him. Does anyone know for sure?

Herbert George Wells
21/9/1866 - 13/8/1946
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Aug/20
American author H P Lovecraft was born 130 years ago today. He stood 179cm tall and had so many phobias that he made a career out of writing about the weird and the horrific. 'Re-Animator' was one film based on his ideas. His career spanned some 20 years, starting in 1917 and continuing until his death from cancer of the small intestine, aged just 46. One of his phobias was old age, and one he never had to embrace.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft
(20/8/1890 - 15/3/1937) RIP ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Aug/20
โญ In the age of George III, who came to the throne in 1760, aged 22, and reigned until 1820, the average man was just 5ft6, showing that Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1820, dying at 50) was well and truly normal-heighted for his time. William Pitt the Younger was VERY tall at 6ft. โญ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 18/Aug/20
There wร s a question on Jeremy Clarkson's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' a few moments ago about the age which William Pitt the Younger became Prime Minister - the youngest PM ever. It was, of course, 24, and the contestant got it right after phoning a friend. Mr Pitt was born in Hayes, Kent, just 2/3 or so miles from where I live.

I then decided to hunt around for his height and I found that he's estimated to have been a super tall 6ft, more than likely judged from a suit he wore. He lived to just 46, more than likely killed by stress. He was in power during the reign of George III.

William Pitt the Younger
(28/5/1759 - 23/1/1806) RIP ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Aug/20
211 years ago today, poet Alfred Tennyson was born. He lived to the age of 83 and measured in at 185cm, a very tall height for a man born early in the 19th Century. Maybe having a privileged upbringing - he was a Baron - had a great deal to do with reaching such a height back in the time when a woman of 5ft2 or 3 was considered TALL!

Alfred, Lord Tennyson ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
6/8/1809 - 6/10/1892
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 26/Jul/20
Should people like FDR and Tesla be removed from the Historical page, and be given their own individual pages? They lived until the 1940's, which isn't really old enough to be described as historical IMO.
Editor Rob
There's an argument for giving FDR a page.
Allie said on 23/Jul/20
Yep. Some sites like this one claim Eleanor was 5'10. If I do more searching maybe I would find a 5'9 claim, but I do think she was probably somewhere in the 5'9-10 range.
Click Here
Allie said on 23/Jul/20
Just looking at pictures (though I can't see the footwear) of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt,I wouldn't get the impression that she was actually 5'11 or 5'11.5.

I wonder if the 5'9-5'10 reported heights were when she was alive. I have a feeling the "5'11" claims only came long after the died, possibly even in recent years. Because I remembered old comments on this site (from 2006) stating Eleanor was 5'10.

I'd personally put her somewhere between 5'9-10. Michelle is probably the tallest former or current first lady so far.
JERRY JOHNSON said on 12/Jul/20
I clicked on the pic of Abraham Lincoln where it has his height as 9'6" I did a little research and he was the tallest US President at 6'4".
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 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
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 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
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
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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:
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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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