My father was a
native of Virginia, born of German parents. My mother a
native of Tennessee, of Irish parentage.
There were twelve children in the family, five girls and
seven boys. There has been two deaths in the family, one
sister and a brother. I have one brother and three sisters
older than myself, and five brothers and two sisters
younger, which places me fifth in the family.
There is nothing unusual in their height, the tallest sister
measuring five feet six inches in height. The tallest
brother stands six feet two inches in his stocking feet. I
was born at Cleveland, Tennessee. Soon after my birth my
parents moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where they resided
for a number of years.
Hence I am known as the Kentucky Giant. I am nineteen years
of age, stand seven feet six inches in height, and at the
present time weigh two hundred and eight pounds.
Landon was with
W.W. Cole's circus for several seasons in the early 1880's.
Early in his career he toured with another giant,
six-and-a-half-foot Charles Kingsley, as the Middlecoff
brothers. In 1885 Landon became sick with tubercular and
died of the consumptive illness. Michael Mitchell in
"Monsters of the Gilded Age" tell us his wife, Helen Mar,
was also a circus performer and that Landon was buried at
his home in Midland City, Michigan.