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|
Franklin D. Roosevelt
George H.W. Bush
|6ft2 - 188cm|
|6ft1 - 185cm|
James A. Garfield
John F. Kennedy
|6ft - 183cm|
|William Howard Taft
George W. Bush
|5ft11.5 - 182cm|
|5ft11 - 180cm|
|Dwight D. Eisenhower||5ft10.5 - 179cm|
|5ft10 - 178cm|
|Jimmy Carter||5ft9.5 - 177cm|
Harry S. Truman
5ft9 - 175cm
|Rutherford B. Hayes||5ft8.5 - 174cm|
|William Henry Harrison
James K. Polk
Ulysses S. Grant
|5ft8 - 173cm|
|John Quincy Adams||5ft7.5 - 171cm|
|5ft7 - 170cm|
Martin Van Buren
|5ft6 - 168cm|
|James Madison||5ft4 - 163cm|