Robert Wadlow

Alton's Gentle Giant 1918-1940

Robert Wadlow was one of history's largest humans standing 8' 11.1". Born and educated in Alton, Illinois, he was later buried there at age 22, weighing 490 pounds at the time of his passing.

In his youth, Robert had enjoyed good health despite an over-active pituitary gland. Large feet troubled him for many years. Having little sensation in his feet he did not feel any chafing until blisters formed. While making an appearance in Manistee, Michigan in July 1940, a fatal infection developed in one of these blisters. Despite blood transfusions and emergency surgery, Wadlow did not recover.

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