Mills Darden

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Mills Darden
Born(1799-10-07)October 7, 1799
DiedJanuary 23, 1857(1857-01-23) (aged 57)
Resting placeMills Darden Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee, United States[1]
NationalityUnited States American
Known forExtreme height and weight
Height2.29 m (7 ft 6 in)
Weight500 kg (1,100 lb)

Mills Darden (October 7, 1799 – January 23, 1857[2]) was an American who became famous as one of the largest men ever in human history. His enormous size both in terms of his body weight and height made him one of the biggest humans to have ever lived, he was officially confirmed to have stood at a height of 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in) tall and weighed around 1,000 to 1,100 lb (450 to 500 kg), and possibly even more.[3] His recorded approximate weight of 1,020 lb (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 ft 11 in (1.50 m) tall and weighed 98 lb (44 kg), and the tallest of their sons reached 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) (tall for an era when the average adult American male stood only about 5 ft 6 in (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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