How tall was John F Kennedy

John F Kennedy's Height

6ft 0in (182.9 cm)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) was the 35th President of The United States of America. Elected in 1961, he served until he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in November 1963. In a passport application when he was aged 18 years old he wrote down his height as 5ft 11 inches. In later years he wrote on his passport his height as 6ft tall.

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Average Guess (37 Votes)
5ft 11.44in (181.5cm)
Slim said on 4/Sep/17
Del Mar said on 26/Jul/17
The M Tussaud doll looked a proper 6',maybe even 6'0.25", but might have a dress shoes advantage over me. Here with 5'11.38" myself on a 11 years old pic
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Just claim 5'11.5" buddy.
Slim said on 4/Sep/17
A 5'11.5" downgrade is necessary.
Spencer said on 30/Jul/17
5'11.75
Del Mar said on 26/Jul/17
The M Tussaud doll looked a proper 6',maybe even 6'0.25", but might have a dress shoes advantage over me. Here with 5'11.38" myself on a 11 years old pic
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Tom said on 19/Jul/17
That naval commander seems to be thinking ''JFK wears lifts!"

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Jul/17
I think he'd be 184/185cm out of bed
Pete said on 5/Jul/17
JFK had one leg shorter than the other, part of his back problem. So, one shoe had a "lift". And no way was Ted Kennedy ever 6'2". I was standing next to him during an appearance he made at Salem State College in the mid '70's. I was about 6'2" - Ted was at least 3 inches shorter than I. Would put Ted in the 5'10" - 5'11" range back in the 1970's.
Canson said on 28/Jun/17
I can see 6'0-6'0.25 out of bed

5'11.25-.5 at his lowest.
Spencer said on 28/Jun/17
182 cm
Canson said on 26/Jun/17
@Rising Force: I'm with you. I doubt JFK wore lifts. This May just be a morning measurement for him where he's really only strong 5'11".

@Rampage: I'd go with 6'3" on the nose for Foreman at his peak today prob lost a fraction. He prob didn't drop much under 6'3 if at all then tho
RisingForce said on 26/Jun/17
Not impossible, but I really doubt JFK wore lifts. Robert Kennedy is a more likely candidate as I did read that once. Whether JFK ever reached a full 6' or was close to 5'11" is the question, but considering his injuries and health problems it's possible he lost a bit before he died or stood shorter than he was. If Tito was 5'7" then he looked 6 feet, but then while Tito looked tall with Stalin, he looked short even with a hunched Churchill. JFK did have a frame that could seem 6 feet though.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Jun/17
Rob, aren't these guys long overdue?

RFK - 5ft8½(174cm)
JFK Jr. - 6ft1(185cm)
RFK Jr. - 6ft1½(187cm)
Ted Kennedy - 6ft2(188cm)
Tom said on 17/Jun/17
Did JFK ever wear lifts?

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Sarah said on 10/May/17
5''11.5 range
Jackie- 5'7" range
MJKoP said on 28/Apr/17
richard said on 12/Mar/17
True story. I met JFK in May 1963 in the Oval Office. I was part of a high school delegation. I was face to face with him.
I judged him to be no more than 5-10. More important, when he walked away, his pant leg on one side was stuck in the raised counter of his shoes. It was a lift shoe! The shoe counter was about seven inches high.
So, I would estimate he was really no more than 5-9.

Another observation. Face on he looked like his photos. Sort of chipmunk face. But from the profile view, he was extremely slim. Actually, skinny.



What BS. Yeah, Jack Kennedy was 5'9". Which is why he towered over his 5'7" minimum wife even when she wore high heels. And looked barely shorter than his VP Lyndon who was always labeled as 6'4".
5'2 said on 30/Mar/17
You should include a page for Jacqueline Kennedy's height. I say 5'7" to 5'7.5" barefoot
richard said on 12/Mar/17
True story. I met JFK in May 1963 in the Oval Office. I was part of a high school delegation. I was face to face with him.
I judged him to be no more than 5-10. More important, when he walked away, his pant leg on one side was stuck in the raised counter of his shoes. It was a lift shoe! The shoe counter was about seven inches high.
So, I would estimate he was really no more than 5-9.

Another observation. Face on he looked like his photos. Sort of chipmunk face. But from the profile view, he was extremely slim. Actually, skinny.
James said on 25/Feb/17
Foreman was 6'2".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Feb/17
@harry sachs: Good spot. I saw those two photos and LBJ easily looks the same height and he's slouching. Plus many believe that Foreman was a bit over 6ft3 himself.
harry sachs said on 14/Feb/17
For the people who say LBJ was 6'3 in his prime and 6'2 at old age. Well he was 1 inch taller than Foreman who is 6'3 so if LBJ was 6'2 then Foreman was 6'1 in his prime.
HonestSlovene said on 10/Feb/17
LBJ: 6'3"/190 cm, JFK: 5'11.75"/182 cm
Joel said on 4/Jan/17
Definitely below 6"0 Tall Maybe same height as Jimmy Fallon
LW said on 2/Jan/17
Six foot.....end of, he was a one off
Tim said on 28/Dec/16
It's well known Kennedy wore lifts to appear taller in public. He was definitely below six foot.
anyonmious said on 23/Dec/16
I would say he is 6'0" tall. There should be a page for Jacqueline Kennedy with the height saying 5'7.5"
Jay said on 22/Dec/16
James, why would he wear lifts with a messed up back?
James said on 17/Dec/16
Kennedy may have worn built up shoes. He was 5'11".
Jay said on 17/Dec/16
JFK couldn't have less than 6'0 barefoot, cause there looked to only be a 3 inch difference between him and LBJ.
TheManWithNoName said on 16/Dec/16
JFK suffered from Addison's disease and had multiple spine operations over the course of his life and regularly wore a back brace. I doubt he was 6ft barefoot.
James said on 9/Dec/16
Lyndon Johnson was a fraction under 6'3" but had very bad posture due to health problems from smoking 65 cigarettes a day. He had a near-fatal heart attack at 46.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Dec/16
Rob, will LBJ get a page here eventually?

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I think maybe near 6ft3 and just had bad posture
Editor Rob: he may well, would need to look again at him.
Mathew Robinson (190 cm) said on 4/Dec/16
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Nov/16
LBJ looks barely taller than Kennedy in some photos! I seriously doubt 6ft4...

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Yeah I think 6'4" is a bit high for LBJ. Maybe he was 6'3" in his prime and starting to shrink by the time he was in office, but he looks closer to 6'2" than 6'4" a lot of the time with Kennedy.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Nov/16
LBJ looks barely taller than Kennedy in some photos! I seriously doubt 6ft4...
HonestSlovene said on 29/Nov/16
Somewhere between 5'11" and 6'0".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Nov/16
Rob, is 6ft5 for Charles De Gaulle accurate?


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In his 70's he still towers over Kennedy
Editor Rob: Rampage, a peak Charles could have been 6ft 4 range
Jug said on 28/Nov/16
LBJ was about 6'3. Judging by pictures of the two men standing together, I would say JFK was a solid 6 feet. Teddy was the tallest brother at around 6'1.
James said on 4/Nov/16
Kennedy was clearly not quite the full six foot. Maybe 5'11.5". I don't know why he is idolised when he increased the US military presence in Vietnam, lost the Bay of Pigs invasion, and surrendered to the Soviet demands during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Sep/16
Rob, will any of the other Kennedy's ever get a page like RFK, Ted, RFK Jr., JFK Jr.?
Johnny said on 13/Jul/16
Actually there is another fault.....when he was 18 he had his hair color as brown and eye color as green....but years later on his another passport application...his hair color was stated blonde and eyes blue....Seriously...hair color and eye color changing with age!! I saw this on that jfklibrary.org site...this site has all JFK's personal items....
Judd said on 3/Jun/16
Rob what's the best choice in your opinion?

A) 185,5cms/183,5cms
B) 185,0cms/183,0cms
C) 184,5cms/182,5cms
D) 184,0cms/182,0cms
Editor Rob: B-C.
Tom said on 17/May/16
Ted Kennedy was taller than Jack. By about two inches. Surf images and you'll see this to be the case. So 6-1 for Ted. Also, Jack wore a back brace which kept him erect all the time thus making him look taller.
Greg said on 15/May/16
A quick comment about Ted Kennedy, who is discussed here as being taller than JFK which was not true. Someone mentioned him as 6'2" on this page but he was nothing like this height. He was approx 5'11" (and is mentioned at this height at various places), about 2 inches taller than Bobby and an inch short of JFK. see this: Click Here
pauly e said on 10/May/16
I agree with Tom and Joe. I think most people tend to reference height with shoes on. I used to do the same until I visited this site.
Tom said on 26/Apr/16
Check this out. Click Here I assume he was wearing shoes when the photo was taken. It appears he was 6 feet in shoes. So either he grew late in life, or was in reality just 5-11.
Joe said on 26/Apr/16
John F Kennedy was 5'11" tall, on his military ID he was listed as 6 feet tall, but that was in shoes, so without shoes he was 5'11". Many US Presidents tend to list their height in shoes.
MJKoP said on 10/Apr/16
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Mar/16
I think the very tall dude is the guy Costner played in the movie...


Attorney Jim Garrison? He was apparently 6'8".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Apr/16
James, LBJ I think might have been 6ft3½ in his 20's-30's. He was described 6ft4 and as the 2nd tallest President after Lincoln...but he looked a comfortable inch or so shy of that in office. However, he was pushing 60 and was a notorious smoker so a bit of height loss is quite likely. At times he could look barely 6ft2 standing w/h JFK. Similar thing with Reagan. He was still described as 6ft1 in the 80's...when he was clearly nowhere near it. All these guys have supposedly been measured but I don't believe all of them have been taken barefoot.
James said on 7/Apr/16
LBJ was supposedly 6'3.5" but he might not have appeared at his peak height in the mid-1960s.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Mar/16
I think the very tall dude is the guy Costner played in the movie...
Rifle said on 21/Mar/16
Rob,
If John F Kennedy's wife Jacqueline was 5'7" tall, how tall is the man beside her(John K Galbraith)?
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Editor Rob: the photo didn't work, but Galbraith could look extremely tall, 6ft 7-8 possibly
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Feb/16
Rob, could you add LBJ?


I think 6ft3 peak and might have been slightly under that in office
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Feb/16
JFK Jr. could look barely shorter than Clinton. I reckon he was similar to Obama, legit 6ft1 range. Ted was clearly taller than John.
Harold said on 5/Feb/16
Orlando, 'great posture and great shape" for JFK? Are you kidding? The historical record shows the man suffered from scoliosis and World War II injuries which required him to wear a male corset and spend much of his time either in a stiffed-back rocking chair or lying, chest down, on the floor to save his back. Even his frequent resorting to testosterone shots by his personal physician and his pep pills could not disguise the fact he was a physical wreck. All those football shots on the grass at Hyannisport were publicity gimmicks.by the first media savvy President the US has had. Five foot eleven, peak. Anything over that is the standard need of the politician to 'impress' the voters that's he's a 'real man' and thus six foot, the standard benchmark in the States that separates tall from short.
Gregorovich said on 26/Jan/16
I'm not a coroner nor have I witnessed an autopsy, but I scarcely believe that the coroner thought it was an absolute imperative that he or she measure JFK with precision. Why would it be material to the determination of facts when you are looking at large wounds? That autopsy has come under fire in the past for being conclusory. There were people there who could have simply told the coroner how tall JFK was.
Milkshake said on 14/Jan/16
@Orlando he is referring to Jfk jr, not Jfk. Jfk jr was Jfks son. He died in a plane crash.
The Master said on 17/Dec/15
Yes, that was John Kenneth Galbraith. He was six foot eight. The other man in the photo with him and JFK was Indian Prime Minister Nehru.
Adam said on 16/Dec/15
Pretty sure the giant guy with JFK pictured below is J.K. Galbraith, Kennedys ambassador to India at the time. He's supposed to have been 6'8...looks about 8 inch difference between them alright.
Orlando said on 8/Dec/15
@Rampage(-_-_-)Clover «Anything under 6ft1 for JFK Jr. is incorrect. He was a tall man and could look nearer 6ft2 at times. Great posture and was in great shape unlike his father who drank and smoked like an Irish sailor. I do think Ted was near to if not 6ft2.» Are you mad?! If JFK himself said he was 5ft 11in (1.803 m) how could he ever possibly be 6'1" (1.854 m) or even 6'2" (1.8796 m)?! That's a 5.1 to 7.66 cm increase!!! I concede he might have topped 6ft but no way 6'1" and much less 6'2"!
Rifle said on 6/Dec/15
Rob,
How tall do you think the taller guy in the picture is if Kennedy is 6'?Click Here
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Editor Rob: very hard to say from that one photo how much taller he is
Tom said on 27/Nov/15
Kennedy was 5'11".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Nov/15
JFK could look 6ft0½ at times though
Larry said on 27/Oct/15
Kennedy was six foot. People at the time were not told the truth about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Oct/15
JFK - 6ft(183cm)
JFK Jr. - 6ft1¼(186cm)
RFK - 5ft9(175cm)
RFK Jr. - 6ft2(188cm)
Bill Clinton - 6ft2¼(189cm)
LBJ - 6ft2¼(189cm)
Steve said on 20/Oct/15
JFK's autopsy listed him as 6'1/2". He was a strong six footer. No way could he be shorter. Go to the Elvis thread to see the photo I posted of JFK with 5'10" Milton Berle. Kennedy was at least two inches taller. And Berle always looked the same height as Elvis who was reportedly 6'.
Jay said on 19/Oct/15
Sportschamp, 6ft and 6'1 is not that far apart for JFK Jr.
Svenja Schulze said on 8/Oct/15
Great picture of a gorgous president and man!
Sportschamp said on 20/Sep/15
@Zone

I agree..JFK JR. doesn't look 6'1 ..more a strong 6ft flat. Just look at pics with him and Daryl Hannah..no way he was anywhere near 6ft1 or even above like some here like to claim.
Zone said on 15/Sep/15
Hey rob how tall do you think JFK Jr. was, most people claim 6ft1 but next to RFK Jr who is 6ft2. he looks 6ft flat.

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Key said on 7/Sep/15
Idk. Look at Truman. He was 5 foot 8 and did a great job!
SportsHeight said on 27/Aug/15
@John I'd say if you're between ~5'8" and 5'10", it's possible, just extremely difficult, and if you're running against a taller candidate, you will almost certainly lose (i.e. John McCain and Michael Dukakis). 5'10"+ through the 5'11" range can work. 6'0" to 6'2" does seem to be the perfect range, a huge boost. 6'2"+ up to ~6'4" seems to be fine as well, although aside from Abe Lincoln, who was 6'3.75", I don't think America has ever elected a president who was even a full 6'3". I believe Jefferson and LBJ both came up short of that mark. You might be getting to be too tall around the 6'3" to 6'4" range.
John said on 16/Aug/15
If you're male and under 5ft 10 in today you can't be President of the United States.

So anyone who is 5ft 7 in - 5ft 9 in tall has no chance of getting to the White House.

6ft - 6ft 2 in is the perfect height.
Orlando said on 10/Aug/15
No entry for Lee Harvey Oswald? That guy was average short. In the footage he doesn't look being the reputed 5ft 9in as shown in his Marines photo: Click Here Don't forget he was wearing military boots which gave him some 2 to 3 cm surplus height. So 1.75 m minus 2 or 3 cm has him at 1.73 to 1.72 m tall.
Orlando said on 10/Aug/15
I wouldn't trust a passport height entry forwarded by the holder himself. Not reliable at all. Only reliable measurement would be a shoeless one taken by the registrar. Even so 5ft 11in (1.80 m) seems accurate. See Kennedy next to Gore Vidal who was 5ft 11.5 in: Click Here
SportsHeight said on 27/Jul/15
Rob, what's your best guess for LBJ? Over or under 6'2.5"? And what about the other two Kennedy brothers, Bobby and Teddy?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Jun/15
Anything under 6ft1 for JFK Jr. is incorrect. He was a tall man and could look nearer 6ft2 at times. Great posture and was in great shape unlike his father who drank and smoked like an Irish sailor. I do think Ted was near to if not 6ft2.

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MJKoP said on 28/Jun/15
Not to mentioned having been shot in the neck, as well. Heavens only knows what that did to the vertebrate in that area of his body.
MJKoP said on 28/Jun/15
Definitely a good 6'1". The fact that he measured only half an inch short of it AFTER having sustained that horrific fatal head wound pretty much seals the deal that he was comfortably north of six feet when alive and healthy.
Dave said on 9/Jun/15
Agree with John and others below. JFK was a solid 6'-1". In photos, rarely anyone taller than he. IMHO, Ted never got past 6'-0".
Steve said on 23/May/15
Kennedy was stripped for the autopsy. No shoes.
Judd said on 22/May/15
Steve says on 19/May/15
His autopsy listed him as being 6' .5". I tend to believe that was true. He was a good 2 to 2 and 1/2 half inches taller than Richard Nixon. His weight of 175 lbs. tended to make him look even taller.

actually i think autopsy measurement isn't reliable. at first, the person can't obviously stay right so it is fundamental his/her positions. second, for what we know, it's also possible that it was made with shoes on...i don't know, i am just thinking it's not a reliable measurement.
however i think JFK was for sure closer to 6' than 5'11...he always seemed a quite tall guy, to me...anything under 182 cms at worst for him.
Steve said on 19/May/15
His autopsy listed him as being 6' .5". I tend to believe that was true. He was a good 2 to 2 and 1/2 half inches taller than Richard Nixon. His weight of 175 lbs. tended to make him look even taller.
MD said on 18/May/15
@SportsHeight, I'm glad you clarified what you meant. I think John Jr. looked taller than his father, too. And, to be honest, I'm not all that convinced that Jack was a full 6'0" even given his physical ailments.
SportsHeight said on 14/May/15
In regard to the quote I listed below, what I took from it was that JFK Jr. had ascertained that his father was taller more from talking to people who knew them both (e.g. his mother and his uncle Teddy) than from his own limited recollections of his father. We certainly shouldn't assume that his statement accurate, but I thought it was worth sharing nonetheless. My personal opinion is that JFK Jr. always looked slightly taller than his father in photos, maybe 6'0.5" to 6'1", but who knows?
MD said on 13/May/15
@The quote from John Jr. is about as irrelevant as you can get. He was barely walking when his father was killed, and would have only know what he was told. It doesn't show anything.
Fortune said on 12/May/15
@SportsHeight
Well that pretty much shows jr. was never the height he claimed, if JFK was 6ft and taller than him, how could he be 6'1? I don't think JR. Lied about this one, why should he?
177cmGuy said on 12/May/15
Solid 6'0. I can buy that he was 5'11 at age 18 because during ages 17-20 there's still a possible chance of minimal growth.
SportsHeight said on 10/May/15
From an article on JFK Jr., written by one of his employees at George Magazine:

"John talked about his father only once when I worked for him, and that was in Cuba. 'Are you much the same height as your father?' Fidel Castro asked him soon after the two of them met in October 1997, during the 35th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

"'He was a little taller,' John said evasively in reply to Castro’s question, 'a little thinner.'"

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john said on 29/Apr/15
JFK looked a lot more like 6'1" than 6.
Jay said on 24/Apr/15
@Gravity, I wouldn't call Arnold way than John Jr back then. It all depends on the angle and which pic you're looking at.
Gravity said on 16/Apr/15
Sorry but Teddy was never 6'2...look at this pic of him and John jr., John jr is way taller
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John jr claimed he was 6'1 but i don't buy that either..look at the pica of him and Arnie, Arnie is way taller, the same goes for Daryl Hannah, he is just a bit taller than her, not the physics of a 6'1 man.
Ted was 6'1 in his prime, John F Kennedy 6 ft and John jr 6 max.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Apr/15
JFK could have been a fraction over 6ft in his 20's-30's. He was a tallish guy for his generation.
RFK was 5ft8-9 I think? TFK was 6ft2-3.
Art said on 3/Apr/15
I will say , he was easily 6' . The reason that he looked taller is , because he used to stand & walk straight like a soldier, ocourse that because he suffered from back pain frequently. According to a medical report , he was 6'1/2. Any way half inch it doesn't matter. Another fact that he looked taller is,the average height for American male in those days was around 5'9 .
Steve said on 20/Feb/15
JFK was taller than 6-0 in my opinion. He was only marginally shorter than LBJ in photos, who some sources say was 6-4, and he was at least as tall as Teddy in other photos. Ted was reportedly 6-2 when he was a young man. Rarely was JFK photographed with anyone as tall as he was.
Judd said on 17/Jan/15
Steve says on 15/Jan/15
I never accept official heights, especially of politicians.

LBJ was three inches taller than JFK so 6'3" seems likely.

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Steve, you really see 3" between LBJ and JFK...
Actually, i am not sure. From all pictures where you can see they together there're no more than 1-1,5" between they...
In my opinion LBJ was 6'2" when was young and 6'1-1.5" when was president...that's likelier that 6'3" or 6'4"!
Steve said on 15/Jan/15
I never accept official heights, especially of politicians.

LBJ was three inches taller than JFK so 6'3" seems likely.

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Steve said on 13/Jan/15
JFK was a solid 6'.

Seen here with Richard Nixon who was 5'10", not the 5'11 & 1/2" he's officially listed at.

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Jan/15
Rob, how tall do you think LBJ really was?

I've read 6ft3 and 6ft4 (also 6ft3½) but next to JFK he looked nowhere near any those. This is strange because all presidents are supposedly measured barefoot and are confirmed by the Oval Office as being a certain height. Honestly LBJ looks around 6ft1-2 tops w/h Jack!
[Editor Rob: maybe 6ft 2 range was more likely than 6ft 3.5 range.]
Jed said on 26/Dec/14
Byron White (6'1) had well over an inch on him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Nov/14
Oh please where will we possibly get our visual sources for George Washington, oil paintings with alleged 189-190cm Thomas Jefferson?
Judd said on 22/Nov/14
Judd says on 22/Nov/14
Rob you would be able to guess abraham lincoln's height? XD
[Editor Rob: he wrote himself to be almost 6ft 4.]

Also George Washington passed for a 6'4" guy at the end XVIII century...you think those listing would be fair and reliable?
[Editor Rob: for Abraham yes, not sure on Washington though ]
Judd said on 22/Nov/14
Rob you would be able to guess abraham lincoln's height? XD
[Editor Rob: he wrote himself to be almost 6ft 4.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Nov/14
JFK Jr. was easily 2in taller than Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld when he appeared on the show. I'd give him at least 6ft1, possibly a bit more even.
Noira said on 19/Nov/14
Looked 6 ft. tall, actually similar build to his son. I don' t believe jfk jr was 6'1 ft tall..he looked 6 ft max, even rather on the weak side.
Judd said on 24/Oct/14
I always known that deGaulle was 6'3.5" but when was young...he probably lost something in 1960's...I think 5'11.75"-6'0" for JFK is fair
Andy said on 21/Oct/14
That Navy photo looks like he was around six feet in shoes.
Lebensdorf said on 18/Oct/14
Maybe Johnson was 6'2. Anyway, Kennedy held up pretty well beside DeGaulle, who was about 6'4.
Judd said on 16/Oct/14
Not sure Lyndon Johnson was 6'3" and for sure not 6'4"...
He gave me the impression to be 6'1.5-1.75" when he "managed the world"
Lebensdorf said on 14/Oct/14
A solid 6 ft I would say. If Lyndon Johnson was 6'3, JFK must have been that height. He never looked more than a couple inches shorter than his vice president.
Jake said on 11/Oct/14
Judd says on 9/Oct/14
Rob in your opinion he was a weak 6' (182), flat 6' (183) or strong 6' (184)?
[Editor Rob: wouldn't class him as strong, but close to 6ft flat or even weak.]

rob if you have to bet money? flat 6ft/183 or weak6ft/182?
[Editor Rob: to me a toss of the coin, either is plausible]
Judd said on 9/Oct/14
Rob in your opinion he was a weak 6' (182), flat 6' (183) or strong 6' (184)?
[Editor Rob: wouldn't class him as strong, but close to 6ft flat or even weak.]
Chuckie Cheese 2 said on 8/Jul/14
So I looked through the JFK Libray and found photographic proof Kennedy is a 6 footer. Here is his US Navy Card from the early 40's. Click Here
The 25 or 26 year old Kennedy was 150 pounds, and apparently near 6'1 in shoes.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Mar/14
Rob, any chance of adding JFK Jr.? I reckon he was a strong 6ft1 guy
[Editor Rob: I'm not sure about adding him ]
Chuckie Cheese 2 said on 23/Feb/14
Well, folks we got to remember 5'11" was how tall the "eighteen year old" John Kennedy was. Men stop growing between 18 and 25, and I actually added a full 1/2 inch between age 18 and 25 myself.

Let's also remember, the autopsy of our beloved president recorded his height as 72.5 inches long (184 cm). This likely represented his "morning stature", i.e. height lying down. I am 6 ft 7/16 inches tall in the morning myself, and about 6 ft 1/16 by noon, and 5'11 3/4 by late evening. I'd say Kennedy lost his 1/2 inch of morning height and was a true 6 footer mid-day. So, I agree with Rob, this guy was likely no shorter than 182, and likely 183 during the first half of his day. A true 6 foot chap.
Voiceless Dental Fricative said on 19/Feb/14
Rob, why did you put him at 6ft rather than 5'11? If there are two height claims, don't you go with the lowest?
[Editor Rob: there is always a possibility he grew near to near 6ft and he thought he was 5ft 11 at 17-18?]
Sam said on 18/Feb/14
JFK with fellow professional ladies man Frank Sinatra, he looks a solid six foot.
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Arch Stanton said on 17/Feb/14
JFK jr. yeah about 185-6 would be a good shout, handsome devil too, similar sort of looks to a 90s Brosnan.
Fred K said on 15/Feb/14
5'11
Xavier said on 15/Feb/14
Kennedy was 5'11", and his brother Robert was 5'8".
Josh said on 14/Feb/14
Rob,

how about his son Jfk Jr?

Does 6'1 seem right for him?
[Editor Rob: he was consistently called it, I think it was a good shout for him.]
Chachi said on 13/Feb/14
If Robert Kennedy was maxing out at 5'9 then JFK couldn't have been over 5'11. Check this pic out Click Here
truth said on 11/Feb/14
182cm
jtm said on 11/Feb/14
5'11.5-6'0 is accurate.
MD said on 11/Feb/14
Bobby's the shortest looking 5'9" I've seen. I believe that's more of a listed height than actual height. He wasn't much shorter than that, but Bobby looked on the short side of average even for the times, particularly for his social class. I'd really put Bobby closer to 5'8" than I would his oft listed 5'9".
Arch Stanton said on 9/Feb/14
A lot of sources say 6 ft 1, i think that was probably a shoe measurement though. I have a book about the Kennedy curse which is quite extraordinary, the family had an extraordinary amount of bad luck despite them all pretty much being high flying and competent men. He struggled with health problems and such which is quite surprising as he looked pretty fit.
B.Gray said on 9/Feb/14
Next to Bobby (5'9), he looked about 5'11.5. A shade over 6 ft with shoes on.
Bran said on 7/Feb/14
Always heard 5ft11.5 for him, i think his brother ( robert kennedy) was around 5ft9 ish as listed;
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John said on 7/Feb/14
Robert Kennedy was 5'9".
Ted Kennedy was 6'2".
MD said on 7/Feb/14
If he wasn't exactly 6'0", he was very close to it, definitely not anymore than
half-an-inch less than this. Even with his terrible back ailment (which actually made it almost impossible for him to walk, at times), he looked around this height.
Chuckie Cheese 2 said on 6/Feb/14
Hey Rob great addition. Kennedy was a true American Hero - and a solid 6 footer.

The JFKLibrary.org lists him at 6'1", 32 inch waist, 172 1/2 pounds, size 10 C shoe, and hat size 7 3/8. Some of Pres. Kennedy's jackets have been auctioned off, and they were a size 42, suggesting he had a 40in chest.

Most estimates place him at 6 ft, and the official Autopsy report listed his height at 72 1/2 inches, and wt 170 pounds. I would suppose his height when laying down is comparable to his morning stature, and that his standing height mid day was 6 foot.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Feb/14
You could argue 182cm though, 5'11.5-6' looks about right.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Feb/14
I requested this one ages ago.... Ha two legends added in one week (three including Lomu I suppose). Yeah I think he looked about 6 ft.

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