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Short Historical Figures

They stand tall in history (well, some of them do), but in real life they needed lifts! How many of these famous historical figures do you know?
Last updated: January 11, 2013
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British author of
The Rape of the Lock
4'6
Alexander Pope
First prime minister of Israel
5'0
David Ben-Gurion
Steel magnate and philanthropist
5'0
Andrew Carnegie
Inventor of the geodesic dome
5'2
R. Buckminster Fuller
Murderous family cult leader
5'2
Charles Manson
First man in space
5'2
Yuri Gagarin
German composer known
for nine symphonies
5'3
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Soviet premier before Brezhnev
5'3
Nikita Khrushchev
Led India to independence
from the UK
5'3
Mahatma Gandhi
Cruel, licentious French marquis
5'3
Marquis De Sade
Fourth president of the U.S.
5'4
James Madison
French sculptor,
created The Thinker
5'4
Auguste Rodin
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Soviet premier in WWII
5'4
Josef Stalin
Author, In Cold Blood
5'4
Truman Capote
Composer, Rite of Spring
5'4
Igor Stravinsky
Spanish painter,
founder of cubism
5'4
Pablo Picasso
Greek tycoon;
married JFK's widow
5'5
Aristotle Onassis
First Soviet premier
5'5
Vladimir Lenin
Wrote The Lord of the Rings
5'5
J.R.R. Tolkien
French emperor, 1804-1815
5'6
Napoleon Bonaparte
British PM during WW II
5'6
Winston Churchill
"I have a dream" speechgiver
5'6
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Famed British-Arab liaison
during WWI
5'6
T.E. Lawrence
3rd-party candidate
in 1992 & 1996
5'7
H. Ross Perot
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level 29
Jan 11, 2013
Napoleon wasn't actually THAT short...
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level 34
Jan 11, 2013
What about Adolf Hitler? He was 5'8.
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level 74
Mar 17, 2018
Taller than everyone else here.
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level 18
Jan 11, 2013
How is 5'7'' short? I'm a girl and I'm 5'7''. I'm definitely not short!
+4
level 34
Jan 11, 2013
I think it's different for girls. I'm a 5'8" guy and I would consider myself short.
+3
level 51
Jan 11, 2013
Physical differences between genders. 5'7 is relatively short for a man, though tall for a girl (especially if you're not finished growing).
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level 40
Jan 12, 2013
5 7' wasn't sure for the time. It was average height for men. Napoleon was taller than Wellington for instance.
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level 66
Mar 17, 2018
Not correct, Wellington was 5'9 ........ Napoleon 5'7....... source: http://qi.com/infocloud/height
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level 59
Aug 1, 2018
Have you lived your whole life in a convent?
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level 37
Jan 11, 2013
lots of small Russians!!
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level 32
Jan 11, 2013
It should be known by now that Napoleon was of over average height in his time and that this saying "small emperor" was based on an error in measurements (French and Englisch measures weren't the same) and that it was also partly British propaganda.
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level 65
Dec 28, 2016
Yeah, I don't like Napoleon being included in this test (and having him in the picture) because it perpetuates this baseless factual error.
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level 74
Mar 17, 2018
but it list his actual height.
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level 55
May 6, 2014
Hey! My husband is taller than almost all of these guys! :D
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level 24
Jun 5, 2014
Oh man ... tried about 17 different spellings for Khrushchev ... but couldn't come up with this one.
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level 79
Oct 9, 2014
Yep. It's a tough nut, I failed too.
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level 66
Nov 2, 2015
I'm just reminded of the Time Bandits, with Napoleon lamenting the heights of various dictators
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level 70
Feb 25, 2017
Manson. Can't believe that scum-sucking little weasel is still drawing breath.
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level 66
Mar 17, 2018
Not anymore!
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level 74
Mar 17, 2018
Hard to breathe with a mouth full of weasel scum.
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level 49
Oct 28, 2017
I believe that Tolkien, Stalin, and others' heights are listed incorrectly here.
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level 65
Mar 17, 2018
Metrics would be nice to include since inches make no sense to most of the world.
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level 39
Apr 13, 2018
Wow!!! - If true, then their inferiority complexes virtually forced many to become overachievers! -
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
I know we always give credit for the geodesic dome to Fuller, but wasn't it actually invented by a guy named Bauersfeld about 30 years before Fuller patented the design?
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