Talking the tall and short of presidents, other rulers and buildings
Presidents of the United States come in all heights. The tallest was Abraham Lincoln at 6 feet 4 inches followed by Lyndon B. Johnson who reached 6 feet 3 inches. From up there it was all downward for the other presidents. William Clinton is 6 feet 2 1/2 inches. Thomas Jefferson was the same height as Clinton. The 6-foot-2-inch presidents were Arthur, Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George Herbert Walker Bush. Our present president, Barack Obama is 6 feet 1 inch. Ronald Reagan was 6 foot as were seven other presidents. Harry S. Truman was 5 feet 9 inches and the shortest was James Madison at 5 feet 4 inches.
If we move beyond the presidents, the average height for a male in the United States is 5 feet 9.2 inches, which is approximately 5-foot-10, and weighs 189.8 pounds, according to the National Center for Health Statistics of 2005. The average woman in the United States is 5 feet 3.8 inches, which is ap- proximately 5-foot-4 and weighs 162.9 pounds. According to these statistics, women are over-eating. Beyond our shores, people grow tall and short. Russia’s Demitry Medvedev at 5 feet 4 inches is short as is Nicolas Sarkozy of France at 5 feet 5 inches. Looking back, Napoleon was 5 feet 6 inches. People have to look up to Sultan Kosen, 28, of Turkey, the tallest person at 8 feet 3 inches.
When we switch our eyes to inanimate things we become amazed at the height of buildings around the world. For years, the Empire State Building in Manhattan was king of height. With its 6,500 windows it stood 1,248 feet high. It was the tallest building with an observation floor on the 86th at a height of 1,050 feet and an observatory floor at 1,224 feet up on the 102nd floor above the city of New York. Today, the tallest in the Western Hemisphere is the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This structure can be seen from nearly 40 miles away. From 1976 to 2010 it held the world title of the tallest free standing structure in the world with an antenna reaching 1,815 feet above Toronto. Even today it has the world’s highest restaurant. The highest building in the world since 2010 is Burj Khalifa over in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates. It stands 2,722 feet high with its 160 floors, and 57 elevators. All these modern buildings would tower over the Great Pyramid of Egypt built in 2560 B.C. reaching a height of 481 feet. The world is reaching for the heavens with its construction. Even the heights of men and women are doing the same. As we look to the clouds, one of the plans for the future is a building in Azerbaijan that will have 189 floors and reach a height of 3,445 feet. If things continue this way, we may soon walk to the moon or hike to Mars!
Dr. Milton Friedman can be reached at email@example.com.