Ella Ewing

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Birthday
9, 1872
Birthplace
La Grange, MO
Death Date
Jan 10, 1913 (40)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
9, 1872
Birthplace
La Grange, MO
Death Date
Jan 10, 1913 (40)

About

Remembered for her "Missouri Giantess" carnival act, this Midwestern woman reached an adult height of between seven and a half and eight and a half feet tall. She wore size twenty-four shoes and, for a time, performed with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Before Fame

She seemed to be developing normally up until her seventh birthday, at which point she began rapidly growing, reaching a height of six feet and ten inches by the age of fourteen.

Trivia

In her early twenties, she was hired by Chicago entrepreneur Lewis Epstein to be a human display at his museum.

Family Life

She was born and raised in Missouri and was the only child of Anna Herring and Benjamin F. Ewing. At the age of forty, she passed away from tuberculosis.

Associated With

She and Guinness World Record holder Sandy Allen were both more than seven feet tall. Allen, born in Illinois in 1955, reached an adult height of 7 feet, 7 inches.

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