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.
Napoleon was a French political and military leader who rose to prominence during the latter half of the French Revolution. Napoleon's height is often contrasted with his reported larger-than-life ego. There is much speculation surrounding Napoleon as a historical figure. Even historical accounts about his death are shrouded in mystery. By many reports, Napoleon was sentimental toward the women he loved as well as his troops. He despised slavery and was accused by Alexander the I of Russia of being very vain.