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Anna Swan (7' 6") and Martin Van Buren Bates (7' 9")  1871, London

On Jan 1879 Anna Haining Bates gave birth to the largest newborn ever recorded, at 23 pounds 12 ounces

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Johann Petursson - ,Throughout his sideshow career he often dressed up in a suit and top hat, or his more famous Viking costume. While exhibiting himself in Sarasota, Florida he often claimed to have stood 8 ft 8 inches tall

Martin Van Buren Bates, known as the "Kentucky Giant" among other nicknames, was a Civil War-era American famed for his incredibly large size.  Though born an infant of normal size into a family of normal-sized people in Letcher County, Kentucky, he is said to at one time have been 7 feet 11 inches in height.   His ferocity in battle, aided by his imposing figure, made him legendary, with Union soldiers telling tales of a "Confederate giant who's as big as five men and fights like fifty".

Martin Van Buren Bates, known as the "Kentucky Giant", was the largest soldier in the Civil War. Though born an infant of normal size, he grew to

Back in 1879, Anna Bates (a giantess at 7' 5½") gave birth to the longest and heaviest baby that Guinness has on record. The baby, born in Seville, Ohio, weighed in at 23 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 30 inches long. Sadly, the baby boy passed away just 11 hours after being born.

Back in 1879, Anna Bates (a giantess at 7' 5½") gave birth to the longest and heaviest baby that Guinness has on record. The baby, born in Seville, Ohio, weighed in at 23 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 30 inches long. Sadly, the baby boy passed away just 11 hours after being born.

Photos of Robert Wadlow - The Tallest Person in History Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918 – 1940) is the tallest person in history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. Wadlow is sometimes known as the Alton Giant or Giant of Illinois because he was born and grew up in Alton, Illinois.  Wadlow reached 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) in height and weighed 439 lb (199 kg) at his death at age 22.

Link The World’s Tallest Man Was Almost 9 Feet Tall! Talking about the large tumour growth that covered Jose Mestre’s face in the last post, made us think of the world’s tallest man.

Anna Swan and Martin Van Buren Bates, her husband

Wedding photograph of Martin Van Buren Bates and Anna Swan. They are so well-proportioned and matched to each other, it's difficult to tell they are both over without an average sized person in the photo.

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