Robert Wadlow – Height: 2.72 m (8 ft 11 in) (1/8)

Robert Wadlow (1918 – 1940), known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, was an American man who was the tallest person in recorded history. He was born and raised in Alton, Illinois, a small city near St. Louis, Missouri.

He reached 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) in height and weighed 439 lb (199 kg) at his death at age 22, due to hypertrophy of his pituitary gland, which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone.

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