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Carolyn Freeman Travers, Research Manager at Plimoth Plantation, wrote in an article entitled, “Were They All Shorter Back Then?” that the “average height for an early 17th-century English man was approximately 5′ 6″. For 17th-century English women, it was about 5′ ½”. While average heights in England remained virtually unchanged in the 17th and 18th centuries, American colonists grew taller.”

This post in the News for Medievalists confirms Ms. Travers’ findings.

Early presidents
Image from “Does Height Matter in Politics?”

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