How Tall Was Napoleon Bonaparte?

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When his autopsy was performed, Napoleon Bonaparte's height was recorded as 5 feet 6 inches. Although that is short by contemporary standards, Napoleon's height was average for the time in which he lived.

Contrary to popular belief, Napoleon was not abnormally short. As of 2014, the average height of a male is 5 feet 9 inches, so Napoleon is considered short by modern standards. During the era in which Napoleon lived, the average height for a male was around 5 feet 5 inches, which made him tall compared to the men with whom he was surrounded. This contradicts the "Napoleon complex" notion that he was trying to compensate for a short stature.