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Who was the smallest president before office?

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February 02, 2009 10:36PM

Twenty-five* U.S. Presidents measured below 6' [1.83 m] in height. The shortest was the fourth U.S. President, James Madison, at 5'4" [1.63 m]. Nineteen U.S. Presidents measured in at 6' or above. The tallest was the 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, at 6'4" [1.93 m]. The tallest known unsuccessful presidential candidate was Winfield Scott, at 6'5" [1.96 m], in 1852. The shortest known unsuccessful presidential candidates** still topped President Madison, at 5'6" [1.68 m]: Aaron Burr, in 1800; George McClellan, in 1864; James M. Cox, in 1920; Al Smith, in 1928; Michael Dukakis, in 1988; and John McCain, in 2008. *This group includes 24 names. But the total ends up 25, because Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and the 24th U.S. President. **Not included in this group are Martin Van Buren and William Harrison. They each measured in at 5'6". Each was a U.S. President who wasn't successful in bids for re-election.