The World Tallest Man Ever in the History, Robert Pershing Wadlow

Robert Pershing Wadlow was the world's tallest man for much of his brief life.
When he died at the age of 22, he stood 8 feet and 11 inches tall (approximately 2.72 meters).

According to the Alton Museum of History, Robert Wadlow had a normal height and weight at birth, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
However, pituitary issues caused him to grow abnormally large as a toddler.

He was 6 feet tall when he was eight years old, and by the time he was sixteen, he grew about 7'10” tall and weighed over 370 pounds.

Wadlow graduated from high school with his class in 1936 and toured as a goodwill ambassador for the International Shoe Company during his early adulthood.
He couldn't feel his feet well because of his stature, though.

That resulted in a blister, which turned inflamed and killed him when he was 22 years old.

Robert Wadlow's annual status as the world's tallest man in the Guinness Book of World Records added to his popularity after his death.

Bonus points

According to the Alton Museum of History, Robert Wadlow was the only member of his family that stood tall.
Betty and Helen, his two sisters, and Eugene and Harold Jr., his two brothers, were all of normal height and weight.

Facts about Robert Wadlow

  • Robert Wadlow died at 22 years old
  • Born: February 22, 1918
  • Died: July 15, 1940 (infection)
  • Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States
  • Best known as: The world's tallest man

Robert Wadlow's Gallery

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