Despite standing tall on the very top of one of the most powerful countries in the world, some of the US presidents were rather short in stature.
Although they were no match for the world’s smallest man in terms of size, they were rather short individuals in their own right. So it’s time to bring you the top 5 list of the shortest presidents of the United States without a single contestant surpassing the height of 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm). Check it out below.
5. John Adams – 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Opening our top list is the second US President John Adams. With a size of 5 ft 7 in (170 cm), he was the head of the state at the very end of the 18th century, from 1797 through 1801. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the US and among the leading advocates of American independence from the UK.
4. William McKinley – 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Now this is actually quite interesting. On our #4 lands yet another 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) president who was also in charge of the state at the turn of a century, except about 100 years after John Adams, from 1897 through 1901. We’re talking about the 25th US President William McKinley, who was unfortunately assassinated on September 14, 1901.
3. Benjamin Harrison – 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Cracking our top 3 is the 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison. This 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) republican has served his party for almost 50 years, right until his death in 1901.
2. Martin Van Buren – 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Our number 2 and yet another tie. As another 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) US President, Martin Van Buren has had an honor of leading the United States from 1837 to 1841. He was eventually succeeded by William Henry Harrison.
1. James Madison – 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
This brings us to our #1 and the shortest US President in history, the 5 ft 4 in (163 cm) tall James Madison. As the 4th President of the United States, he has remained in office for a total of 8 years becoming known as the Father of the Constitution. Through many great achievements, Madison has proved to the world that size is maybe the last thing that can stop you from achieving true greatness.