All the Presidents in Height Order

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President height lineup
Illustration courtesy of Madison Hunt

When we think of U.S. Presidents through history, we don’t tend to picture their physical frame so much as recall a collection of historical facts and anecdotes. If you imagine George Washington, for example, is a mental image of his presence in a room the first thing that comes to mind? Or do you recall a story about a cherry tree, or crossing the Delaware? With a few exceptions here and there, the physicality of Presidents has been largely obscured by history. Can you name the tallest president? The shortest? What about the second-tallest or second-shortest? A full list of the height of each President follows, spanning a foot difference from 5 feet, 4 inches tall to 6 feet, 4 inches tall.

Images via Getty Images, illustration courtesy of Madison Hunt

Over 6 Feet Tall

The tallest President in U.S. history was Abraham Lincoln, who stood at 6 feet, 4 inches — and that’s without his signature stovepipe hat. It’s a height that still sounds fairly tall today, but it was extraordinarily tall for the time; the average height for an American male during Lincoln’s presidency was 5 feet, 7 inches, making him 9 inches taller than average. Lincoln’s equivalent height today would be 6 feet, 7 inches — a half-inch taller than the average NBA player. 

Given his distinct physical presence, it perhaps comes as no surprise that Lincoln’s appearance was frequently commented upon in his day. The New York Herald once wrote, “Lincoln is the leanest, lankiest, most ungainly mass of legs, arms, and hatchet-face ever strung upon a single frame.” Another reporter wrote of his “shambling gait” in London’s The Times, and described him as “a tall, lank, lean man, considerably over six feet in height, with stooping shoulders, long pendulous arms, terminating in hands of extraordinary dimensions, which, however, were far exceeded in proportion by his feet.” Here are the 18 other Presidents who stood over 6 feet, if not quite as noticeably as Uncle Abe.

- Abraham Lincoln: 6 feet, 4 inches (193 cm)
- Lyndon B. Johnson: 6 feet, 3.5 inches (192 cm)
- Donald J. Trump: 6 feet, 3 inches (191 cm)
- Thomas Jefferson: 6 feet, 2.5 inches (189 cm)
- Chester A. Arthur: 6 ft, 2 inches (188 cm)
- Bill Clinton: 6 feet, 2 inches (188 cm)
- George H. W. Bush: 6 feet, 2 inches (188 cm)
- Franklin D. Roosevelt: 6 feet, 2 inches (188 cm)
- George Washington: 6 feet, 2 inches (188 cm)
- Andrew Jackson: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)
- John F. Kennedy: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)
- Barack Obama: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)
- Ronald Reagan: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)
- James Buchanan: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)
- Gerald R. Ford: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)
- James A. Garfield: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)
- Warren G. Harding: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)
- James Monroe: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)
- John Tyler: 6 feet, 1 inch (185 cm)

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