Bernard Coyne (giant)

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Bernard Coyne
Bernard Coyne (1897-1921) circa 1920.jpg
Bernard A. Coyne

(1897-07-27)July 27, 1897
Anthon, Iowa, United States
DiedMay 20, 1921(1921-05-20) (aged 23)
Height8 ft 1.71 in (248 cm)

Bernard A. Coyne (July 27, 1897 – May 20, 1921)[1] is one of only 20 individuals in medical history to have stood 8 feet (240 cm) or more. Coyne may have reached a height of 8 feet 4 inches (2.54 m) tall at the time of his death in 1921. His World War I draft registration card, dated on August 29, 1918, lists his height as 8 feet (240 cm). The Guinness Book of World Records stated that he was refused induction into the Army (1918)[2] when he stood at a height of 7 feet 9 inches (236 cm).

Coyne was the tallest ever eunuchoidal infantile giant, a condition also known as gigantism. He was the tallest person in the world at the time of his death when, like Robert Wadlow, he was still growing. He reportedly wore size 24 (American) shoes.

Bernard Coyne died in 1921. He is buried in Anthon, Iowa, in a specially-made, extra-large coffin.


Preceded by
Unknown: Closest is John Rogan
Tallest Recognized Person
1915? – 1921
Succeeded by
Unknown: Closest is Robert Wadlow