Clifford Marshall Thompson

Clifford Marshall Thompson was born Oct 19, 1904 in Rugby, North Dakota but grew up as a boy in Scandinavia, Wisconsin. Cliff claimed to be 8' 7" and, following the death of Robert Wadlow in 1941, claimed also the "tallest man" title. Cliff was with various circuses and sideshows but shortly after getting married in 1939 decided to try something else - eventually earning his law degree in 1944 from Marquette. He practiced in Wisconsin and L.A., finallly settling in Portland in 1949. He and his wife Mary lived there 6 years when Cliff was admitted to a local hospital for problems he was having with his liver and gall stones.

Cliff was once billed as "Count Olaf, the Norwegian Viking Giant". He was said to be the tallest person to ever appear in a feature film - "Seal Skins" (1932). Even after becoming a lawyer he couldn't escape the epithets and was called the Paul Bunyan ot the Legal Profession.

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