Tallest Person in History

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Ace, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

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    Robert Pershing Wadlow was born, educated and buried in Alton, Illinois. His height of 8' 11.1" qualifies him as the tallest person in history, as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. At the time of his death he weighed 490 pounds.
    Robert was born on February 22, 1918, and weighed a normal eight pounds, six ounces. He drew attention to himself when at six months old, he weighed 30 pounds. A year later at 18 months, he weighed 62 pounds. He continued to grow at an astounding rate, reaching six feet, two inches and 195 pounds by the time he was eight years old.


    His middle name, Pershing, was in honor of the World War I General Pershing, then commanding officer of the European conflict.

    Robert was the first born of Addie and Harold Wadlow. Later the Wadlow family grew with the addition of two sisters, Helen and Betty, and two brothers, Eugene and Harold Jr. Despite Robert's size, all of his family members (photo) were of normal height and weight.

    IMPORTANT DATES


    1918 Robert was born February 22, 1918 to Harold F. and Addie (Johnson) Wadlow on Monroe Street in Alton, Illinois, weighing 8.7 pounds.


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    1919
    When Robert began to walk he weighed 40 lbs.
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    1920-1926
    The family lived in Roxana, Illinois.
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    1923
    At 5 years of age, attending kindergarten, Robert was 5' 6 1/2" tall. He wore clothes that would fit a 17 year old boy.
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    1928
    Ten years old. Robert weighed 210 pounds and was 6' 5" tall. His shoes were size 17 1/2.
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    1929
    Robert takes his first airplane ride.
    Just before his 12th birthday Robert had his first checkup at Barnes Hospital (St. Louis), where the family learned of his over-active pituitary gland that caused his fantastic growth.
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    1929-1931
    Robert sold magazines to earn money for a savings account. In 1931 the banks failed, and he lost his savings. He gave up the magazine business.
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    1931 At the age of 13, and a member of the Boy Scouts, he was the largest Boy Scout in the world. His weight was 270 pounds, and his height was 7' 4". It took 14 yards of 36" wide material to make his Boy Scout uniform.
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    1933
    Robert received the largest birthday postcard ever delivered by the Alton Post Office. It measured 14" x 22".
    Robert attended the World's fair in Chicago. It took two turns and 20¢ to get Robert through the turnstile.
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    1935-1936
    Robert became Advertising Manager of the Tatler - Alton High School Year Book. He graduated in the January class, 1936.
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    1936 In February, Robert enrolled in Shurtleff College.
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    1937 Robert and his father made an extensive trip west, including Hollywood and most of the western states, as a goodwill ambassador for International Shoe Company. Thereafter, the firm made his shoes free of charge.
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    1940 Robert Wadlow died July 15, 1940. His weight was 490 pounds, his height was 8' 11.1". He was buried July 19, 1940 in Upper Alton Cemetery.

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  2. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    The Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum in Myrtle Beach has a life-sized replica of him.
     

  3. IL Hunter

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    It sure would be difficult to be that tall. There are plenty of places that only have 8' ceilings.
     
  4. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    In Alton Il they have a full size statue of him also.
     
  5. kccats

    kccats New Member

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    He certainly was a big man!
     
  6. chattycatty

    chattycatty New Member

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    In the Bible, Goliath was six cubits and a span - That amounts to 9 ft. 9 inches, making him a little taller than the guy you mentioned. You did say the tallest man in history, didn't you?
     
  7. Fatkat

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    We want to see some pics, LOL.
     
  8. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    looks like dude had some left over Ananakki (biblical Nephilim) DNA in him:wink:
     
  9. janton311

    janton311 New Member

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    Thats crazy, Ive never seen that before.. Thanks for sharing.:eek:oooh:
     
  10. Dano

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    They got the same in arlington texas at a wax Museum and Ripley's. I got a pic of me standing by him.
     
  11. ozzy

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    I read that Abe Lincoln was thought to have the same disease that keeps producing some hormone or such. Imagine a 7 foot president?
     
  12. teaysvalleyguy

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    They had a life size statue of him at Orlando Pointe at Ripleys Believe or Not. He was one big dude, went there in 2000.