Mills Darden

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Mills Darden
Born (1799-10-07)October 7, 1799
Vicinity of Rich Square, North Carolina
Died January 23, 1857(1857-01-23) (aged 57)
Resting place
Mills-Darden Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee[1]
Known for Extreme height and weight
Height 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Weight 1,000 to 1,100 lb (450 to 500 kg)

Mills Darden (October 7, 1799 – January 23, 1857[2]) is alleged to have been one of the largest men in history. He was widely reported to have stood approximately 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) tall and is said to have weighed around 1,000 to 1,100 pounds (450 to 500 kg) at his heaviest, and possibly more.[3] His recorded approximate weight of 1,020 pounds (460 kg)[3] would have given him a body mass index of 88.2. If the reported figures are correct, Darden was 30 percent taller than and about six times as heavy as the average American male of the 21st century.

Mills (or Miles) Darden was born on October 7, 1799, near Rich Square, North Carolina, United States, to John and Mary Darden. He was married at least once and had several children. His wife Mary, who died in 1837 aged about 40,[2] was 4 feet 11 inches (1.50 m) tall and weighed 98 pounds (44 kg), and the tallest of their sons reached 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) (tall for an era when the average adult American male stood only about 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)).

He died on January 23, 1857. He was buried in Lexington, Tennessee.[2] His grave, and his wife's, have been restored by the local Development Authority.[4] No known verifiable photo remains of him.

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  1. ^ Jacob Everett (3 October 2009). "Mills Darden". Find a Grave. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Henderson County, Tennessee Cemetery Records
  3. ^ a b Mullen, Rodger (18 January 1990). "History with a North Carolina accent". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 28 October 2008. ... Mills Darden (1799–1857), at 1,020 pounds the heaviest North Carolinian on record. 
  4. ^ "Henderson County is rich with History". Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 

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