Pauline Musters

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Pauline Musters
Musters next to an average man
Born (1876-02-26)February 26, 1876
Ossendrecht, The Netherlands
Died March 1, 1895(1895-03-01) (aged 19)
New York City
Cause of death Combination of pneumonia and meningitis
Known for Shortest verified woman ever
Height 24 in (61 cm)

Pauline Musters (February 26, 1876 – March 1, 1895) at 24 inches (61 cm) tall, is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the shortest woman ever recorded[1].

Born in Ossendrecht, The Netherlands on February 26, 1876, she died in New York City at the age of 19 from a combination of pneumonia and meningitis. At the time of her death, she measured exactly 61 cm (24 in) tall.[1]

Preceded by
Lucía Zárate
Shortest Recognized Woman ever
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lucía Zárate
Shortest Recognized adult human ever
Succeeded by
Gul Mohammed


  1. ^ a b "Shortest woman ever". Guinness World Records. Retrieved August 31, 2018.