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Robert Pershing Wadlow
John William Rogan
John F. Carroll
Väinö Myllyrinne
Sultan Kösen Sultan Kösen The Tallest Man in the World living in Turkey
Don Koehler
Bernard Coyne
Vikas Uppal
Patrick Cotter O'Brien
Brahim Takioullah Brahim Takioullah
Morteza Mehrzad Morteza Mehrzad
Julius Koch
Gabriel Monjane
Suleiman Ali Nashnush
Anton de Franckenpoint
8 feet tall Zhang Jun-Cai Zhang Jun-Cai The Tallest Man in the world living in China
Suparwono
Felipe Birriel Fernández
7 feet 11 inches tall Sa’id Muhammad Ghazi
Alexander Sizonenko
Feodor Machnow
Ijaz Ahmed Ijaz Ahmed The Tallest Man living in Pakistan
7 feet 10 inches tall Albert Johan Kramer
Frederick Kempster
Yoshimitsu Matsuzaka
William Bradley
John Middleton
Louis Moilanen
Angus MacAskill
Öndör Gongor
Walter Straub
7 feet 9 inches tall Bao Xi Shun Bao Xi Shun The Tallest Man living in Mongolia
Radhouane Charbib Radhouane Charbib The Tallest Man living in Tunisia
Naseer Soomro Naseer Soomro The Tallest Man living in Pakistan
Sun Ming Ming Sun Ming Ming The Tallest Man living in China
Chang Woo-Gow
Rachid Bara
Thomas Hasler
Cecil Boling
Bartolomeo Bon
Ted Evans
Ri Myong-hun Ri Myong-hun The Tallest Man living in Korea
Nikolai Pankratov Nikolai Pankratov The Tallest Man Russia
Rafael França do Nascimento Rafael França do Nascimento The Tallest Man Brazil
Lars Tollefson Opsata
Wang Xin-Feng
Igor Vovkovinskiy Igor Vovkovinskiy The Tallest Man living in the U.S.
Viktor Prenner
Edouard Beaupré
George Bell George Bell The Tallest Man living in America
Alam Channa
Ferdinand Contat
Zech DeVits
Miguel Joaquin de Eleicegui
Maximillian Miller
Jim Porter
Adam Rainer
Francis Sheridan
Franz Winkelmeier
Abdramane Dembele Abdramane Dembele
Arshavir Grigoryan Arshavir Grigoryan
7 feet 8 inches tall Agustin Luengo Capilla
Jaime Clemente
Wang Feng-Jun Wang Feng-Jun
Amenates Tingitsoglu
Neil Fingleton Neil Fingleton
Hussain Bisad Hussain Bisad
Bourgeois Giant
Uvays Akhtaev
Paul Sturgess Paul Sturgess The Tallest Man living in England
Jorge González
Ramazan Karageyik Ramazan Karageyik
Parimal Chandra Barman
Charles Byrne
Huang Chang-Chiu Huang Chang-Chiu
Henry Dalglish
Kenny George Kenny George
Lock Martin
Gheorghe Muresan Gheorghe Muresan
George Page
Johann Petursson
Reino Rutanen
Jitendra Singh Jitendra Singh
Leonid Stadnyk
Peter Tuchan
John Turner
Max Palmer
7 feet 7 inches tall Manute Bol
Henry Mullens
Kaliova Seleiwau Kaliova Seleiwau
Liu Fu-Ying Liu Fu-Ying
Liu Jun Liu Jun
Frantisek Novotny Frantisek Novotny
José Calderón Torres
Jean-Joseph Brice
Alain Delaunois Alain Delaunois
Joseph Drasal
Bernardo Gilli
William Olding
Jack Earle
Rigardus Rijnhout
John Paul Ofwono
Baptiste Hugo
Felipe Manzo Reyes
Lewis Wilkins
Henri Cot
Zhang Huan Zhang Huan
Christopher Greener
Malik Sidibe Malik Sidibe
Saad Kaiche Saad Kaiche
Bob Wegner Bob Wegner
Yasutaka Okayama Yasutaka Okayama
Joélisson Fernandes da Silva Joélisson Fernandes da Silva
Shawn Bradley Shawn Bradley
Henry Alexander Cooper
Charles Gruel D’Indreville
Mills Darden
Zafar Ullah Satti
Mamadou Diallo
William Evans
Polipaka Gattaiah Polipaka Gattaiah
Robert Hales
Antonin Cros
Anders Gustav Anderson
Terrence Keenan
Kentucky giant
Aurangzeb Khan Aurangzeb Khan
Jim Lanier Jim Lanier
Mike Lanier Mike Lanier
Edward Longmore
James MacDonald
Ralph Madsen
Matt McGrory
Walter Parsons
Gilbert Reichert
Mu Tie-Zhu
James Toller
Liu Yu-Qing
Rayford Johnson
Erwin Johnson
Conrad Furrows
7 feet 6 inches tall Bola Kanukov
Tran Thanh Pho Tran Thanh Pho
Sergey Ilin Sergey Ilin
Asdrúbal Herrera Mora Asdrúbal Herrera Mora
Margarito Machahuay Varela Margarito Machahuay Varela
Armand Bronner
Halil Ibrahim Kuzucu
George Kieffer
Zhao Liang Zhao Liang
Daniel Gilchrist Daniel Gilchrist
Martin Miklosik The Tallest Man in the world
Emmanuel Joseph Cheval
Cornelius Magrath
Clifford Thompson
Yao Ming Yao Ming
Henrik Brustad
John Hollinden
Tomas Pustina Tomas Pustina
George Auger
Erhard Weller
Chuck Nevitt Chuck Nevitt
George Bell (early 20th century)
Azad Khan Masood Azad Khan Masood
Dharmendra Pratap Singh Dharmendra Pratap Singh
Jean Bihin
Haq Nawaz Haq Nawaz
Choung Chi Lang
Balahu
Pavel Podkolzin Pavel Podkolzin
Zhang Mengyong Zhang Mengyong
Calvin Lane Calvin Lane
Andy van Volkenburgh Andy van Volkenburgh
Mamadou Ndiaye Mamadou Ndiaye
Robert Bobroczky Robert Bobroczky
7 feet 5 inches tall Antoine Paolo Hugo
Sabah Jabbar Hadi Sabah Jabbar Hadi
Ron Bax
Dalibor Micic Dalibor Micic
Ivan Hoger Ivan Hoger
Guan Tao Guan Tao
Ragchaa Narka Ragchaa Narka
Aleksandar Rindin Aleksandar Rindin
Brenden Adams Brenden Adams
Fernand Bachelard
Daniel Cajanus
Gustaf Edman
Jerry Sokoloski Jerry Sokoloski
Jacob Littleton
Slavko Vranes Slavko Vranes
Taco Fall Taco Fall
Bienvenu Letuni Bienvenu Letuni
Wang Qiang Wang Qiang
Zhou Zhenjun Zhou Zhenjun
Carlos Alvarado Melendez
Martin Salmerón
Al Tomaini
Gogea Mitu
Fermin Arrudi Urieta
Mark Eaton Mark Eaton
Samuel Taylor
Ralph Sampson Ralph Sampson
Willie Camper
Buck Nolan
Jaber Rouzbahani Jaber Rouzbahani
Rik Smits Rik Smits
Mianko Karoo
Louis Frenz
Patrick O'Conner
Thomas Dilkens
Priest Lauderdale Priest Lauderdale
Alan Bannister Alan Bannister
Moussa Seck Moussa Seck
Will Foster Will Foster
Colonel William Baker
Matt Slaninka Matt Slaninka
Samuel Deguara Samuel Deguara
Jakub Kusmieruk Jakub Kusmieruk
Anthony Payne
Henry Blacker
P.B. Huxham
Surasaku Sudoplasat
Edward Bamfield
John Rankin
Sim Bhullar Sim Bhullar
Charlie Nicholas Charlie Nicholas
Robert Zwaan Robert Zwaan
Kewal Shiels-Mohar Kewal Shiels-Mohar
Baraka Tolu Baraka Tolu
John Thocolich John Thocolich
Cashmere Giant
Roger Morrissey Roger Morrissey
7 feet 4 inches tall Kang Jianhua Kang Jianhua
Konstantin Klein
Jan Kruminsh
Agil Sadygzade Agil Sadygzade
Ujang Warlika
Denis Albino Denis Albino
Pat Hogan Pat Hogan
Col. A.A. Powell
The Innsbruck Giant
Martin van Buren Bates
Sunil Kumar Panda Sunil Kumar Panda
Frederick W. Randall Chadwick
Jakob Nacken
Viktor Zabolotny Viktor Zabolotny
Mohammad Nawaz Mazari Mohammad Nawaz Mazari
Chase Metheney Chase Metheney
Patrick Murphy
Aaron Moore
Sergo Atuashvili Sergo Atuashvili
Rolf Mayr Rolf Mayr
Liu Wen Zhe Liu Wen Zhe
Manuel Camacho
Dusan Cantekin Dusan Cantekin
Damiao Rodrigues Damiao Rodrigues
Iancu Bocai Iancu Bocai
Remon van de Hare Remon van de Hare
Constantin Popa Constantin Popa
Eddie Carmel
Jim Tarver
James McIndoo
Shagari Alleyne Shagari Alleyne
Chris Lister Chris Lister
Mounir Fourar
Gunther Behnke Gunther Behnke
Oliver Narr Oliver Narr
Nick Schneiders Nick Schneiders
Cornelius Bruns
Wade Halbrook
Jon Harris
Captain Ureck
Hassan Ali
Forrest Glenn
Clive Darril
Rob Bruintjes Rob Bruintjes
Stefan Grewen Stefan Grewen
Peter Iroga Peter Iroga
George Gracie
Boban Marjanovic Boban Marjanovic
Hasheem Thabeet Hasheem Thabeet
Max Zhang Max Zhang
George McArthur George McArthur
Roman Gumenyuk Roman Gumenyuk
Arvydas Sabonis Arvydas Sabonis
Noah Orr
Muhammad Riaz Muhammad Riaz
Thomas Brockman
Rajan Adhikari Rajan Adhikari
Shaun Aisbitt Shaun Aisbitt
Randy Breuer Randy Breuer
Dave Rasmussen Dave Rasmussen
Ha Seung-Jin Ha Seung-Jin
Serge Zwikker Serge Zwikker
Jason Bennett Jason Bennett
Jermaine Middleton Jermaine Middleton
Nedzad Sinanovic Nedzad Sinanovic
Ionut Dragusin Ionut Dragusin
Luke Minor Luke Minor
Bruno Sundov Bruno Sundov
Curtis Johnson Curtis Johnson
Brad Millard Brad Millard
Brandon Byrne Brandon Byrne
Martyn Walters Martyn Walters
Rosario Rigutini Rosario Rigutini
Jameson Keefe Jameson Keefe
Joseph Sewell
Zydrunas Ilgauskas Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Liam Hughes Liam Hughes
Albert Fox
Cornelius Mostert
Rohallah Rahmati Rohallah Rahmati
Leland A. Grayson
Peter John Ramos Peter John Ramos
Ring Ayuel Ring Ayuel
Madut Mayar Madut Mayar
P. Theyagarjan P. Theyagarjan
Bob Rosier Bob Rosier
Ghulam Shabbir Ghulam Shabbir
Raul Dillo Raul Dillo
Martin Paquette Martin Paquette
Pradeep Srivastava Pradeep Srivastava
Curtis Colgate Curtis Colgate
7 feet 3 inches tall Siah Khan
Vincent Pourchot Vincent Pourchot
Wei Quan Jia Wei Quan Jia
Eduard Lukash Eduard Lukash
John Lebar John Lebar
Pascal Fleury Pascal Fleury
Iakovos Tsakalidis Iakovos Tsakalidis
Ludwig Schulten
Emil Assad Rached
Valery Savko
Sam Harris Sam Harris
Per Ola Carlsson Per Ola Carlsson
Jacques Barnard Jacques Barnard
Jean Pierre Mazas
Rasyid Monas Rasyid Monas
Vladimir Tkachenko Vladimir Tkachenko
Yossi Ben Naim Yossi Ben Naim
Sun Zhe Sun Zhe
Gino Cuccarolo Gino Cuccarolo
Chang Chin-kuo
Wang Tong Xin Wang Tong Xin
James Clancy
St. Petersburg Giant
Luis de la Rosa Luis de la Rosa
Henry Clay Thruston
Werner Syre
Arthur James Caley
Oswald Balling
Gottlieb Fischer
Hans Hellmuth
Robert B. Keenan
Gerrit Bastiaansz. de Hals
Tom Burleson Tom Burleson
John Aasen
Dave Ballard
Mahmoud Lotfi
Ewart Potgieter
Kurt Zehe
Knipe Brothers
Matthew Langmaid
Hong Man Choi Hong Man Choi
Muhammad Hussein Heikal Muhammad Hussein Heikal
Roberto Duenas Roberto Duenas
Eric Gingold Eric Gingold
Walter Tatake Quisbert
Morten Poulsen Morten Poulsen
James Donaldson James Donaldson
Dwayne Schintzius
Dan Gerber
Jean-Claude Lefebvre
Jim Cully
Albert Brough
Jose Cristovao da Silva Jose Cristovao da Silva
Santhosh Kumar Santhosh Kumar
Sami Eerola Sami Eerola
Abd Al Wahab Al Hamowi Abd Al Wahab Al Hamowi
Dikembe Mutombo Dikembe Mutombo
Garth Joseph Garth Joseph
Lionel Mineo Lionel Mineo
Michael Grealish
Kareem Abdul Jabbar Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kevin Peter Hall
Matt Hewson Matt Hewson
Milas Shoun
Paul Henoch
Frank Wilcox
Captain Hugh Murphy
Tanveer Bhullar Tanveer Bhullar
Janusz Myslowiecki Janusz Myslowiecki
Joseph Morris
Capt. William P. Bane
Thomas Bell
Glen Sudhop
Hamed Haddadi
Bill Mummert
Giedrius Rinkevicius Giedrius Rinkevicius
Chris Christopherson Chris Christopherson
Sky Siewart
Bolaji Badejo Bolaji Badejo
Roy Hibbert Roy Hibbert
Yakhoub Brahimsaid Yakhoub Brahimsaid
Frank Szczepanik Frank Szczepanik
Artis Gilmore Artis Gilmore
Selami Yildirim Selami Yildirim
Babu Babu
Giant Silva Giant Silva
Torsten Stein Torsten Stein
Mirodjiddin Karimov Mirodjiddin Karimov
Peter Nordin
Giacomo Borghello
Anthony Wallyn Anthony Wallyn
Rodrigo Buitrago Betancur Rodrigo Buitrago Betancur
Jared Carter Jared Carter
Catalin Baciu Catalin Baciu
Sam Gombya Sam Gombya
Ralph Drollinger Ralph Drollinger
7 feet 2 inches tall Too short: (more...)

Sharad Kulkarni Sharad Kulkarni
Richard Kiel
Andries Venter
Hugh Murphy
Chang Yan Miun
Glenn Hyder
William Connery
Abdul Jabber Abdul Jabber
Musutaman
Montana Hank
Eugene Arceau
Landon Middlecoff
Carl Gulliver
Captain John Creech
The Hartfield Giant
Pisjakoff
Homer Parks
Wilhelm Ehmke
James Henry Lambier
Juan de la Cruz Sihuana
James G. Gilbert
Andre the Giant
Assen Ivanov Giorgiev
Bob Kline
Captain Lindsay Hay
Charles Freeman
Joseph Schippers
Geant K
The Robinson Brothers
Paul Herold
Percival Horton
Patrick O'Brien
Captain Smith Cook
Chester Cass
Ben Corday
Sam Macdonald
Ed Clegg
Leon Ketchell
The Shields Brothers
Oskar Taplick
Ted Engler


Tallest women:

Zeng Jinlian
Jane 'Ginny' Bunford
Yao Defen
Sandy Allen
Wassiliki Calliandji
Anna Haining Swan
Carolina Rascón
Delores Pullard
Ella Ewing
Maria Fassnauer
Sun Fang Sun Fang
Marianne Wehde
Margo Dydek
Kaatje van Dyk
Eleanor Wagner
Rosa Wedsted
Uljana Semjonova Uljana Semjonova
Lyuba Shilo Lyuba Shilo
Leah May
Elizabeth Lyska
Jane Grey
Mildred
Babita
Sylvia Hardy
Maria Feliciana dos Santos Maria Feliciana dos Santos
7 feet 0 inches tall Gwen Bachman Gwen Bachman
Marvadene Anderson Marvadene Anderson
Gitika Srivastava Gitika Srivastava
Mme. Abomah
Zorana Todorovic Zorana Todorovic
Elfriede Fischer
Alana Renaud Alana Renaud
Ellen Bayer Ellen Bayer
Malee Duangdee Malee Duangdee
Dharshani Sivalingam Dharshani Sivalingam
Yue Fang Chen
Jaana Kotova Jaana Kotova
Elena Kravchenko Elena Kravchenko
Jess Noronha Jess Noronha
6 feet 10 inches Too short: (more...)

Elizabeth Stock
Marsiana
Magdalena Cicuta
Aama Bataillard
Cleve Gill
Svetlana Singh Svetlana Singh
Annie O'Brien
The Surrey Giantess
Dora Helms
Zainab Bibi Zainab Bibi
Madame Litiz
Ann Freeman
Catherine Boebner
Ruth Duncan
Hee Sen Balling
Virginie Beauchamp
The Astonishing French Giantess


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Jose Punlos
John Hale
Kazanloff
Almiro Crema
Col. Pickett Nelson
Ann Dunn
Klaas van Kieten
Ben Wilhite
Trijntje Keever
Emmett Roberts
Charles Price
J.H. Reichart
Annie Irwin
MacQuail
Donald McGregor
Sally Ward
Bernard Wray
Christopher Munster
Geant Alvisse
Piocho
Eliza Simpson
Jacobus Damman
John Wright
Charles Tumley
Peerken van Gorp
Isaac Haring
Lange Jacob
Abeltje
Wilhelm Champi
Isroil Hushbokov Isroil Hushbokov
Hampton Hampson
Lange Toni
Long Tom
Johannes Sander
Abdul Houl
Joseph Rischer
Kátia D'Ávilla Rodrigues
Timofei Bakulin
Ivan Stepanovich Loushkin
Paul Paulo
Bol Chol
Asadulla Khan
Jean Condoist
James Horner
Grgo Kusic
Ivan Markoff
Giovanni Ferrucci
Kin Fu Ki
Dennis Duffy
Jesse Adams
John Busby
Tommy Poullas
Joseph Sullivan
Rev. Charles Kesterton
James L. Williams
John M. Baker
Poolad Gurd
Joseph Craig
William Beaucless
Mr. Good
Jack Krumtinger
Colonel Toruelli
Joseph Blacisyewski
Peter Grachenko
Mulia
Tang Guoqiang Tang Guoqiang
Jenishbek Raimbaev Jenishbek Raimbaev
Vought Burke
Raymond Harris
Elias Gore
Antonius of Syria
Jakob Murdel
Embret Pedersen
Ray Williams
Sasha Dergunov
Nae Mihai
Machnow II
Maria Stylianopoulou
Nikita Michailin
Luang Pho Sung Luang Pho Sung
Thomas Dalroy
Hu Chun-Chang
“Big George”
Silis Bishop
Ben Brown
Peter Feketi
Yunus Mia
Queen Elizabeth's Porter
Carol Hare
Babe Woodman
Sunil Chaudhary Sunil Chaudhary
Elsbeth
Martina Hinterberger
Benjamin Holmes
Daniel
Attu Muhammed
Sidde Gowda
George W. Steele
Olaf Peterson
Pearlie Peoples
James Finch
George Reed
Charles Keppke
John Farwell
Charles Hamilton
Carl Rehn
May Walsh
William Sharp
Edward Cranson
James Allender
Heinrich Osen
Edmund Mollon
Frances Cook
Manasa Kalu
Mabel Johnson
Emanuel Andersson
Wang Wei Wang Wei
Hans Schnitzer
Ikuzuki Geitazaemon
Puntland Giant Puntland Giant
Charles René
Richmond Edwards Richmond Edwards
Mohammad Iqbalt Kasmir Mohammad Iqbalt Kasmir
Greg Ritter Greg Ritter
Garry Robbins Garry Robbins
James Patrick Tolley
The Tibetan Giant
Lionel Brogan Lionel Brogan
Lee Soon Keun
Nicolai Simonoff
Thomas Toombs
William Hobbe
J.W. Patterson
Michael Coulter Michael Coulter
Tiliya
Tyrone Reeder
Jacobus Williams Jacobus Williams
Henry Richner
Placide Pattitto
Ömer Özkan
Burghauptmann Schenk
Kazim Hussein Kazim Hussein
Ira Nicholas Arthur
Thomas Fisher
Jim Lucas
J.D. Gellard
The Nagpore Giant
Frank Jarilla
Jim Bryan
Fraulein Zeptauer
Meadows Page
Johan Arnt Bredesen
Flo Jones
Mark Hellard Mark Hellard
James Roberts
Ed Wolff
Henry Wagner
Heinrich Mollen
J. Frank Skinner
Charles Bradley
Oscar Krause
Joe Jenkins
Jacob Same
John Hutchinson
John Peters
J.G. Harden
Carl Sandell
Heinz Kleinau
McLean
Geant Roland
English Colossus
Charles Snyder
Ruth Beaton
Steve Turner
Kawayama Nakaji
Domnisoara Uriasa
Charles Lampman
Alva van Dyke
Rauvan Jaakko
Sheikh Majid Kamal Mahmoud Sheikh Majid Kamal Mahmoud
Lee Lazelle Lee Lazelle
Julie Till Julie Till
Bob Collins
Urmila Chaudhary Urmila Chaudhary
James H. Scott
Janar Purasoni Janar Purasoni
Zee Kwet Sein
Ian Spofforth Ian Spofforth
Goliath
David Henry Dode
John Menarcheck
William Engesser
Joseph Stones
Chiu Ki Tzsu
Wautootah
Julia Austin
Arthur Harris
Harry Shelton
Grover Gloodsworth
Moose Ludka
Ernest Racsumberger
Stanley F. Wright
Lamb Graves
William Witte
Basilio Huaylas
George Victor Orr
Antonio Fuss Antonio Fuss
Leon Grabowski
Anders Gustaf Andersson
Geant Montana
Chaudoc Giant
Sam Hutchinson
Herman J. Onness
Roderick Bain McKenzie
Benjamin Harrison
Frederick Decker
Princess Pontus
George Kersey
George Kennedy
Martin Ruboga
J.C. Harrison
Sam Cason
Amalie
Ann Hardy
Annie Langley
Maggie Murphy
Carmelite Horn
Elsie Schmidt
Sophie Kaltwasser
Mary Laskey
The Lapland Giantess
Jose Santos Mamani
Dennis Simnton
William Hake
Riley Smith
Iver Davidson
Absalom Stephens
Giant of Baluchistan
Peter Mayhew
James Hawkins
Judas Iscariot Blondin
Ta Lao-hu
William Klugh
Donald MacCormack
Jacob Williams
Charles Richards
Jarvis Henderson
Henry Meyer
John Russell
Robert Wray
Ben Wray
Conrad Dubosiki
Charles W. Garland
Minnie Long
Charles Barton
Mack Willard
Leo Hartley
E.B. Vance
August Klindt
Henry Johnson
Albert Goodyear
Terry Evans
Walter Talun
Donald Piskach
Max Bogue
Jim Dempsey
George Dowling
Cecil Barkman
Private Cupid Miller
Robert W. Page
Thomas Smith
R.C. Ringold
Jules Laubach
Fred B. Pratt
Ransom Cowan
Carl Robert Damberg
Morteza Bagherzadeh Morteza Bagherzadeh
Nellie Wilson
George Moore
Ole Andreas Hansen
Susannah Boyd
Pier Gerlofs Donia
Mr. Thomson
Miss West
Siddiqa Parvin Siddiqa Parvin
John Middle Sky
Jarda Marek
Griselda
Sarah Morehouse
Countess Lodoiska
Mrs. Bark
Miss Browning
Alice Gordon
Gertrude Hall
Mary Murphy
Angelina Melius
Saxon Lady Giantess
Marie Schubinger
Isabella Pieroni
Lizzie Medford
Mrs. Cook
Miss Hold
Miss Jane Cobden
Bridget McDonald
George Lanz
Rosita
Anna Gustafsson
Jack Williams
William Fromston
Antonio Cauzzi
Big Charlie
Amelia Weston
Priscilla Weston
Clotilde Schneider
Maria Scheller


Fake:

Mildred
Harry Lawson
Grady Patterson
George Washout
Bret Sorensen
Inga Norgestrum
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Green name - Tallest living person at one point from 1900 onwards.

Daniel Cajanus - 7 feet 4.5 inches (224.8 cm)


The life of Daniel Cajanus


Adapted from: “Daniel Cajanus (1702/03-1749): de reconstructie van een reus”, written in Dutch by Bert C. Sliggers in: “Haerlem Jaarboek 1978”, published by Schuyt & CO C.V., Haarlem, the Netherlands in 1979, ISBN 90.6097.114.0. and from “De Tentoongestelde Mens, Reuzen, Dwergen en Andere Wonderen der Natuur”, written in Dutch and edited by Bert C. Sliggers and A.A. Wertheim, published by Walburg Pers, Zutphen in 1993, ISBN 90.6011.833.2. Most of the following is based on documentation of the city archives of Haarlem and Amsterdam, the Netherlands and information supplied by Mrs. M. Tamminen, National Committee for History and Historic Monuments, Helsinki, Finland.

I. GENERAL INFORMATION:

Pictures of Cajanus

2 paintings of Cajanus still exist: 1. Enoch Seeman (1694/95-1744) has painted the qualitatively best one in 1734. The painting measuring 315 x 183 cm (10 feet 4 inches x 6 feet) was presumably commissioned by John, Count of Montague, living in Boughton House in Kettering, England. The portrait presumably moved to Dalkeith House in Scotland after the marriage of the granddaughter of John Montague and the count of Buccleuch. It is presently exhibited in the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki, Finland, which possesses the painting since 1975. It shows Cajanus in a military outfit with braiding, turban and a fur coat. On the stone next to him is written: “Caianus, born in Lapland who was in London 1734. His hight is 7 foot and 10 inc. ae 28, E. Seeman pinx. 1734” If you visit your local library and pick up some textbooks on Art History, you can learn a lot more about these painting and the painter. There is also a lot of useful information on the Internet to do a little more research.

Daniel Cajanus painting by Enoch Seeman Enoch Seeman, 1734

2. The other painting is by B. Brand and measures 310 x 170 cm (10 feet 2 inches x 5 feet 7 inches). After Daniel Cajanus’ death it was first exhibited as a tribute to him in the “Proveniershuis”, the charitable institution where he stayed the last part of his life in Haarlem, the Netherlands. In the 19th century, it was exhibited in the “Gravenzaal” of the city hall of Haarlem. It then moved to the church of the village of Spaarnwoude, the Netherlands, where another famous Dutch giant, Klaes van Keyten had been living in the 13th century. After a major restoration in 1960 it is presently exhibited in the “Brouwers-chapel” of the St. Bavo church in Haarlem, the Netherlands. It shows Daniel Cajanus in a red coat, wearing a hat with a plume and boots with buckles and carrying a sword.

Daniel Cajanus painting by B. Brand B. Brand

The length of Cajanus

On the Enoch Seeman painting the length of Daniel Cajanus at the age of 28 years! (according to Dutch sources he was born in 1702 and according to Finnish sources in 1703, implicating that he was 31/32 years old when the painting was made) is 7 foot and 10 inches, approximately 2.35 m. In an obituary in the newspaper “Opregte Haerlemse Courant” (Haarlem, the Netherlands) in 1749 and in a manuscript from J. Marchant written in 1751 his length is 2.60 m (8 feet 6 inches). J.W. Stuffers stated in 1915 that his length was 2.64 m (8 feet 8 inches). which matches a marble marking on one of the pillars in the Grote kerk = St Bavo kerk (kerk = church) in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Amsterdam and Rijnland (Rhineland) feet differ approximately 3 cm (1 inch), which can explain these differences in length.

II. HISTORICAL OVERVIEW:

Finland 1702/03 – 1723

The grandfather of Daniel Cajanus, Jeremias Gyllenhierta, was chief of police in the district of Paltamo in the county of Kajaani. In Swedish Kajaani is Cajanus. The noble family of Gyllenhierta had settled in the county of Kajaani in the 16th century. Descendants either used the name Cajanus, Kajanus or Cajaner. Since that time, descendants of the Cajanus family have been living in Finland, Sweden, Belgium and Germany. Among them was the Swedish composer - orchestra director Robert Kajanus (1856-1933). The father of Cajanus, Anders was one of 4 children. He studied theology at the university of Turku (in Swedish: Abo). He finished his studies in 1694 and settled as a Lutheran clergyman in Paltamo. He was married with Anna Sculptorius, daughter of a clergyman. They had (7 or) 8 children: Johan, Anders, Jeremias, Jöran, Gustaf, Maria, Agneta? and Daniel. Daniel was the youngest. He was born in 1703 in Paltamo. His parents and all the other children were of normal length. From 1696 - 1697 there was severe starvation and poverty in Finland. From 1700 - 1722 there was a war between Sweden (Charles XII) and Russia (Peter the Great). Russian soldiers terrorized Finland for years, raping women, murdering innocent people and looting villages. They also have destroyed the church of Paltamo together with its archives. Both starvation and the ongoing war resulted in a reduction of the Finish population from 1,000,000 to 250,000 in that period. The first written “sign of life” on Daniel Cajanus after this period dates from 1723. Together with his father, a servant and a maid, he is registered as taxpayer and living in a farm called Pyyköllä. His father Anders died in 1730..

Poland 1724-1733

Daniel Cajanus left Finland in 1724 and never returned there. However, after his death in 1749 an inventory was made, mentioning several letters from his brothers. This implicates that Daniel Cajanus never had lost contact with his family. He even mentions his family and specifically his sisters in one of his last wills He is reported visiting royal families and showing himself for money. He is reported serving the cavalry as banner-bearer in the army of King August II, nicknamed “Strong August”, of Poland. August II died in 1733. Daniel Cajanus is painted in a Polish military outfit on both paintings mentioned above.

England 1734

Cajanus was painted in England by Enoch Seeman in 1734. Most probably he served the Count of Montague, who lived in Boughton house, Kettering, England. This count loved freaks. There was also a Scottish folk tale about Daniel Cajanus, presumably because the Seeman painting moved to Dalkeith Palace (owned by the Buccleuch family) in Scotland in 1767. “A long time ago, Sir William Barclay, Lord of Redcastle, Inverkeilor, Scotland brought with him a Swedish giant of 10 foot named Daniel Cajanus and a Danish midget called Licinius Calvus. At a certain diner there was not a sign of life of the midget. But suddenly he jumped out of a giant pie. The two of them became friends for life and dedicated servants. Cajanus defended the castle against many raids by the Vikings. During one of these fights he was killed and subsequently Licinius died of grief”. [At the beginning of the 17th century, the Duke of Buckingham had a midget servant named “Jeffrey Hudson”. He was “served” in a giant pie at a diner].



C.F. Fritzsch, 1751

“Afbeelding der Binneplaats van de Herberg van ouds genaamt Blaauw Jan” Picture of the courtyard of the Blaauw-Jan inn.

Uitlegging dezer Prentverbeelding: "De Herberg van ouds genaamt BLAAUW JAN, staande op de Colveniers Burgwal te Amsterdam, is zo bekent, dat geen Vreemdeling de Stad verlaat, zonder de Merkwaardigheden daar eens te bezigtigen. Het zijn die Merkwaardigheden die in deeze Plaat verbeeld zijn. De open Plaats met zijn cierlijke Volliere agter die Herberg word hier vertoont met alles wat, zo daar, als in particuliere Kamers is te zien. Als: 1. Een paar Struisvogels. 2. Een Jonge Leeuw met zijn Leeuwen. 3. Verscheide Tijgers. 4. Twee Oost-Indische Vogels, Casuaris genaamt. 5. Een boer genaamt WYBRANT LOLKES, gebooren in Friesland, op het Dorp Oosten, die den 2 Maart 1751, 26 Jaar oud is geweest, en niet hooger is dan 29 Duim; waar achter, 6. geplaatst is de Berugte CAJANUS, die hier langen tijd te zien is geweest; doch naderhand in het Proveniershuis te Haarlem is overleeden: Hij was 8 Amsterdamsche voeten en 9 duim hoog. Binnen de Volliere zijn rondom Hokken, waar in verscheide vreemde Vogels en Dieren; en in het midden zijn een menigte van Harten, Reën, Paauwen, Baviaanen, Aapen, Vreemde Hoenders, Caketoes, en andere Gediertens, te breedvoerig om hier te verbeelden, hebbende alleen getragt het voornaamste in deeze Plaat te brengen, kunnende een ieder dagelijks de Plaats zelve bezigtigen." Legends to the picture: The famous Inn Blaauw Jan (Blue John) at the “Kloveniersburgwal” in Amsterdam. Almost every stranger visits this place to have a look at the various oddities, which are exhibited in this place. This pictures shows a selection of these oddities. In the courtyard with the beautiful birdhouse and the cages the following oddities can be seen: 1. A couple of Ostriches. 2. A Young Lion with its Lions. 3. Various Tigers. 4. Two east Indian birds called Casuaris. 5. A Friesian farmer called WYBRANT LOLKES from the village of Oosten (the Netherlands) 26 years of age at 2 March 1751 and not higher than 29 thumbs; behind him the famous CAJANUS is positioned, who showed himself many times in this inn, but later died in the “Proveniershuis” in Haarlem, the Netherlands: He was 8 Amsterdam feet and 9 thumbs. In the birdhouse several cages are placed at the periphery in which exotic birds and animals are living, and in the center: Dear, Peacocks, Baboons, Monkeys, strange Galliformes and more animals not further mentioned by name. It has been attempted to depict the most important items. One can now have a close look at this picture every day.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1734-1741 and 1742-1745

In those days one of the most famous inns in Amsterdam was named: “Blaauw-Jan” (Blue - John) In the courtyard of this inn was a little zoo with exotic animals and at times when there was no fair, one could meet giants, midgets, freaks, Tartars, Eskimo’s and other odd and exotic people there., Daniel Cajanus played checkers with the guests of this inn. He is depicted on a picture dating from 1751 by C.F. Fritzsch (made after his death) and he is also depicted playing checkers on a picture dating from 1802. The money he earns by exhibiting himself, he immediately lends to other people: 9000 Dutch Guilders at a yearly interest of 4% to Anthony van Eck, merchant in Amsterdam in 1737, 3000 Guilders at a yearly interest of 7% to Willem Pelgrom, Amsterdam in 1738 and 3000 Guilders at a yearly interest of 7% interest to the Metz brothers in 1739, owners of an Inn called “Het Vergulde Vlies” located in Haarlem and previous owners (till 1737) of the Blaauw Jan inn. This way he assured himself of a place to stay while visiting Haarlem. However only part of the money he lends to others will be eventually returned to him.

Paris, France 1735

Daniel Cajanus is reported exhibiting himself for money for 15 days between 9.00 and 12.00 and between 13.00 and 19.00 h. in Hotel de la Porte Royale in Paris, France. “il a fait l’étonnement des Rois & Princes chez qui il a passé par son extraordinaire grandeur” (He has shown himself to the French King and Queen and they were very impressed by his length).

Cajanus playing checkers in the “Blaauw-Jan” inn. Picture dating from 1802 published in “Almanac tot Nut van ‘t Algemeen”



England 1741-1742

Before leaving for England for the second time, Daniel Cajanus and his companion Roelof Sweris visit the office of notary Joan Andriesz Calkoen in Amsterdam on October 27th , 1741. They officially agree that the money earned by Cajanus by exhibiting himself would be split, after subtraction of the bill of expenses and the bill of his gown, in a 3/5 share for Daniel Cajanus and a 2/5 share for Roelof Sweers.

“The Daily Advertiser” of 17 September 1742 mentions: “This day is published, price fourpence, finely bound, The history of Cajanus, the Swedish Giant, from his birth to the present time, who is now alive and to be seen opposite the Mansion House, London. By the author of Gigantick Histories, Printed from Thomas Boreman, Bookseller in Guildhall, London”, referring to a booklet at the size of a matchbox.

The same newspaper reports on this “Living Colossus”: ….who has been these five weeks very dangerously ill of fever, which has occasioned a report of his death..”. However, fully recovered he exhibited himself to the public between 9.00 and 20.00 h. “This is really the same giant as has been shewn to great numbers of the nobility and gentry, notwithstanding the petty insinuations of some people (upon hearing of his recovery) to the contrary”.

Another advertisement of those days reads: “This is to acquaint gentlemen and ladies, that prodigy of nature, the Living Colossus, or Wonderful Giant from Sweden, is now to be seen, at the Lottery Office, next door to the Green Man, Charing Cross. It is humbly presumed that of all natural curiosities which have been exhibited to the publick, nothing has appeared for many ages so extraordinary in its way as this surprising gentleman. He is near a foot taller than the late famous Saxon, or any person ever yet seen in Europe, large in proportion; and all who have hitherto seem him declare, notwithstanding the prodigious accounts they had heard, that he far exeeds any idea they had fram’d of him”.

Haarlem, the Netherlands, 1745-1749

Daniel Cajanus had already visited Haarlem 3 - 4 times between 1734 and 1741. He definitely settles there on 18 October 1745 at the age of 44 in a little house, belonging to a charitable institution for old pensioners which in those days was called “proveniershuis” where he was assured of lodging and nursing for the rest of his life at the total costs of 2800 Dutch guilders paid in advance. He freely walked around in Haarlem, not officially exhibiting himself for money, wearing a red or blue Polish costume and wearing a wig, a hat with a golden rim and carrying a cane. These items were also reported in the inventory which was made after his death. He still earned money by regularly exhibiting himself in the “Blaauw-Jan” inn in Amsterdam, and continued lending this money to others. Daniel Cajanus also wrote several poems in Dutch, thereby earning a small amount of money as well. Daniel Cajanus had 3 wills made, one on 11 June 1746, another 30 July 1746 and the final one on 16 February 1748.



Signature of Daniel Cajanus on an official document from the notary Jacob Elout, 1746

Daniel Cajanus died 27 February 1749 at the age of 46 in the “proveniershuis”. The cause of his death is not known. Several bills of doctors and pharmacists were found after his death. His legacy was 2000 Guilders. He was buried 3 March 1749 in the Great = St Bavo Church in Haarlem. As it was impossible to carry the coffin because of its length and weight, it was placed on a specially prepared cart with 4 wheels drawn by 2 horses. 2 Marble markings on one of the pillars in this church mark the height of Daniel Cajanus and a midget from Zandvoort, the Netherlands named Simon Jane Paap (1789 - 1828), who had a length of 75 cm ((2 feet 6 inches). Also two lithographs of the giant and the midget made by Johannes Reekers (1790-1858) are exhibited in this church.

Lithograph of Daniel Cajanus by J. Reekers (1790-1858) reproduced from the painting by B. Brand. This lithograph is exhibited in the great or Sint Bavo Church in Haarlem. At the left a ruler showing the Dutch length of “3 el, 6 palm, 3 duim and 1 streep”. At the right: a lantern, a Gouda pipe (the story goes that Cajanus lit his pipe at a city lantern hanging at the top of the shed of the blacksmith). Also shown are his cane and a shoe.



In the Frans Hals museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands, his gown and 3 shoes as well as the midget’s outfit are exhibited. These items were proudly shown to president Theodore Roosevelt at the occasion of his visit in 1910. The anatomical museum of Leiden, the Netherlands, still has a left femur, a tibia and part of the pelvis of Daniel Cajanus in its collection. Other parts of his skeleton have been lost in time.



Gown and shoes of Daniel Cajanus and Simon Jane Paap, exhibited in the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands.

When visiting England again in 1741 and 1742 and appearing before a meeting of the Royal Society, where his height was marked against a pillar and reported to be 7 feet 4 1/4 inches (2.242 m) in his shoes. This is the height we have used.

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2 marble markings on one of the pillars in the church mark the height of Daniel Cajanus and a midget from Zandvoort, the Netherlands named Simon Jane Paap (1789 - 1828). Cajanus' marking is at 8'8"!




































Clothes belonging to Daniel Cajanus in the Frans Hals museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands, 1936.





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01-03-2012: Video(s) of Bao Xi Shun and Zhang Jun-Cai added.

28-02-2012: Image(s) of Morteza Mehrzad and John Aasen added.

27-02-2012: Morteza Mehrzad has been upgraded to 8 feet and 1 inch tall as discussed in this thread on our discussion forum.

25-02-2012: Image(s) of Zhao Liang, Wang Tong Xin and Huang Chang-Chiu added.

24-02-2012: Image(s) of Montana Hank, Henry Johnson, Captain John Creech, Jan Kruminsh, Ijaz Ahmed and Bob Wegner added. Video(s) of Brahim Takioullah and Babu added.

23-02-2012: R.I.P. Suparwono. Page for Martin Ruboga added. Newspaper clipping(s) about Eddie Carmel added.

22-02-2012: Page for Yossi Ben Naim added. Image(s) of Bob Wegner and Homer Parks
added. Newspaper clipping(s) about Ted Evans and John Turner added. Video(s) of Paul Sturgess added. Information about Robert Hales added.

21-02-2012: Image(s) of Bob Wegner, Bao Xi Shun, Gheorghe Muresan, Paul Sturgess, Yasutaka Okayama, Aurangzeb Khan, Zhang Jun-Cai, Hussain Bisad and Mamadou Ndiaye added. Video(s) of Ijaz Ahmed, Sultan Kösen, Yasutaka Okayama and Gheorghe Muresan added.

20-02-2012: Newspaper clipping(s) about Frederick William Randall Chadwick, Martin Salmerón, Igor Vovkovinskiy and James Patrick Tolley added.

19-02-2012: Page for Peerken van Gorp added.

18-02-2012: Newspaper clipping(s) about Charles Freeman and Jean Bihin added.

17-02-2012: Image(s) of Feodor Machnow added. Newspaper clipping(s) about Louis Frenz and Angelina Melius added.

16-02-2012: Page for Benjamin Harrison added. Video(s) of Neil Fingleton added.

15-02-2012: Image(s) of Ijaz Ahmed and Felipe Birriel Fernández added.



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