Presidential Height Index

The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces.

Extremes of Height: The Winners

The tallest President elected to office was Abraham Lincoln (6 ft 4 in or 193 cm).

the tallest President to originally enter the office by means other than election was Lyndon B. Johnson (6 ft 3½ in or 192 cm).

The shortest President elected to office was James Madison (5 ft 4 in or 163 cm).

the shortest President to originally enter the office by means other than election is tied between Millard Fillmore and Harry S. Truman (both were 5 ft 9 in or 175 cm).

Extremes of Height: The Losers

The tallest unsuccessful presidential candidate (who is also the tallest of all presidential candidates) is Winfield Scott, who stood at 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) and lost the 1852 election to Franklin Pierce, who stood at 5 ft 10 in (178 cm).

The second tallest unsuccessful candidate is John Kerry, at 6 ft 4 in (193 cm).

The shortest unsuccessful presidential candidate (who is also the shortest of all presidential candidates) is Stephen A. Douglas, at 5 ft 4 in (163 cm).

The next shortest is tied between two sitting Presidents, Martin Van Buren and Benjamin Harrison, who lost their respective elections in 1840 and 1892 and were both 5 ft 6 in (168 cm).

The POTUS Height List: From Tallest to Shortest



Abraham Lincoln 6ft4 - 193cm
Lyndon Johnson 6ft3.5 - 192cm
Thomas Jefferson 6ft2.5 - 189cm
George Washington
Chester Arthur
Franklin D. Roosevelt
George H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton
6ft2 - 188cm
Andrew Jacson
Ronald Reagan
Barack Obama
6ft1 - 185cm
James Monroe
John Tyler
James Buchanan
James A. Garfield
Warren Harding
John F. Kennedy
Gerald Ford
6ft - 183cm
William Howard Taft
Herbert Hoover
Richard Nixon
George W. Bush
5ft11.5 - 182cm
Grover Cleveland
Woodrow Wilson
5ft11 - 180cm
Dwight D. Eisenhower 5ft10.5 - 179cm
Franklin Pierce
Andrew Johnson
Theodore Roosevelt
Calvin Coolidge
5ft10 - 178cm
Jimmy Carter 5ft9.5 - 177cm
Millard Fillmore
Harry S. Truman

5ft9 - 175cm
Current Avergae
Height of US Men

Rutherford B. Hayes 5ft8.5 - 174cm
William Henry Harrison
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Ulysses S. Grant
5ft8 - 173cm
John Quincy Adams 5ft7.5 - 171cm
John Adams
William McKinley
5ft7 - 170cm
Benjamin Harrison
Martin Van Buren
5ft6 - 168cm
James Madison 5ft4 - 163cm

Updated: November 20, 2008.   By: Quartknee




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