Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940) was 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 height and weighed 439 lb at his death at age 22. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood were due to hypertrophy of his pituitary gland, which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. He showed no indication of an end to his growth even at the time of his death.
Robert was not only physically tall, but morally as well. He was a member of Alton Chapter Order of Demolay and Franklin Lodge #25. At the Franklin Masonic Temple in Alton, visitors can ponder the massive chair of this modern Goliath. One website said this about the chair; “Alton’s business leaders can be forgiven if they sometimes sit in Robert’s chair, musing over the fate that makes some men big while others suffer shortsightedness and shortfalls.”
Standing tall as a leader has so much to do with the unseen portion of who you are. That unseen portion begins with the principles and ideals that you believe are important in your life. Once you understand what is most important, you then can begin to behave in a manner that conveys the “who you are” to others.