At 8 Feet 8 in, The Tallest African American On The Planet, John Rogan Was More Than Just The “Negro Giant”

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John William Rogan was born in 1868 in Sumner County, Tennessee. Also known as “Bud” rogan, he is one of 16 individuals in medical history to reach a height of eight feet or more.

John William Rogan began to grow very rapidly at the age of 13 leading to Ankylosis, and eventually he could not stand or walk. He moved around in a cart which he had made himself from his bed, pulled by goats.

Like many other tall people on the list, John William Rogan didn’t have a proper source of income and struggled to live a happy life. Due to ankylosis, he was not able to work. Fortunately, he was able to sell self-made portraits and postcards at local railway station.  

Noted in a 1897 article in the Kansas City Journal, Rogan had a number of his drawings published. He refused all offers to join the carnival and side shows.

Shortly before he developed ankylosis, Rogan was 8 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 300 lbs. His exact height was not measured until his death, and he was measured while in a sitting position. At that time, he measured 8 feet 8 inches tall, but weighed only 175 pounds, making him the tallest African American and the second tallest man ever recorded. John William Rogan died in 1905 from complications of his disease.



  • Keedra T'ann Johnson August 1, 2016 - 7:24 pm Reply

    This Is beyond underrated

    • raegan June 3, 2018 - 9:16 pm Reply

      this is amazing and very underated this also happens to be my great great great probably great grandfather….wow

      • Jerry Lumpkins November 5, 2018 - 7:34 pm Reply

        Contact me in Gallatin, Tennessee as I begin my research on the history of JOHN WILLIAM “BUD” ROGAN. His book will tell the truth of his “growth” and lifetime activities . Thanks !

  • NAAIP August 7, 2016 - 9:32 am Reply

    It’s interesting to me that in 1868 a man (or woman) would be “labeled ” African American!! When if I remember correctly “slaves” had just been given their freedom thanks to President Lincoln. (Emancipation Proclamation 1863) so the title of this article is very MISLEADING!!! Unless the author of this article is part and parcel of a more sinister agenda!!

    • Linda August 28, 2018 - 12:53 am Reply

      All of this is a lie There were only a few true Africans who came to the USA. The other blacks who they call African Americans were Native Americans who was here before the pilgrims. Their lands was taken from them and they were shipped out to Europe. The land was given to the Europeans, but they did not know how to take care of the land so they shipped the Indians back to their own country to become servants to the pink man ,and work on their own land. That’s where the 40 acres and a mule came from because of a promise they made to the black man for their service. But they
      Lie when they said they were African Americans
      ( Kunta Kinta my ass). History has been stolen from the blacks. They have been brain washed to believe they are African Americans.

  • James Frazier October 7, 2017 - 7:06 pm Reply

    There was no such thing as African American back then. That is a spell that blinds people to the way they referred to dark skinned people. By referring to them as African Americans they don’t have to acknowledge what they actually call dark skin people. You may notice that all of their reference to their past behavior is as if it doesn’t matter what they did. Just because the speach is cleaned up. You bringing up the way things are is a insult to the spell being cast on you. That requires another spell that accuses you of being a race baiter or even a racist yourself. Learn what pictures their words are trying to block in your mind. The more you hear that lie the more people begin to believe it. Truth is very hard to deliver to a person who is deceived.

  • DANITA July 16, 2018 - 4:23 pm Reply

    Interesting to see so many small minded imbeciles commenting here somehow missed “Negro Giant”, meaning that’s what he had been referred to at that time in history.

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  • April Softley July 29, 2018 - 5:17 pm Reply

    Were related then

  • Rebecca December 16, 2018 - 5:33 pm Reply

    Black people are the ones who demanded the term” African Americans”. SO MUCH FOR YOUR” SINISTER” PLOT. SMH.

  • Jerry Lumpkins December 16, 2018 - 8:58 pm Reply

    My name is Jerry and I live in Gallatin, Tennessee. I am attempting to write a book on “ Bud” Rogan. Can you contribute any family history on him ??

    Thanks, Jerry

  • Payton March 13, 2019 - 9:23 am Reply

    Hi cousin!!

  • Payton March 13, 2019 - 9:24 am Reply

    Hi cousin!! (Raegan)

  • Nicholas Rogan April 2, 2019 - 3:17 pm Reply

    This is my idk how many greats uncle my name is Nicholas Rogan

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