Robert Wadlow the tallest man in human history at 8 feet 11.1 inches (272cm) tall.
They called him the Gentle Giant, Robert Wadlow was the tallest man to ever walk the Earth, at least in recorded history. Even if he was of normal stature, the people of Alton, where he grew up, would have remembered him as gentle.
“He was a good human being — kind,” said Dan Brannan, an Alton journalist who wrote a book about Wadlow in 2003. “He just really handled everything with class.”
Being tall wasn’t very easy, he pointed out, and it was hard to escape the stares and questions. Robert died young, at age 22. He would have turned 100 years old on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
He was born Feb. 22, 1918, and his life was cut tragically short on 15 July 1940 at the age of 22 from an infection on his leg. See photos of Robert Wadlow below:
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