Col. Henry Alexander Cooper
Colonel Cooper, whose portrait appears herewith, is
undoubtedly the tallest man in the world, and a such he was
one of the strongest attractions of the outside show.
Some slight idea may be formed of this wonder when he stands
8 feet 6 inches; weight 406 pounds; his hands measure
from wrist to the end of the third finger, 13 inches; can
easily span 16 inches; his foot is 17 inches long. No
other giant living can compare with him in any way; he is a
man without an equal.
Col. Cooper at one time had associated with him Chang, the
famous Chinese giant, and they made a successful and
extensive tour of Canadian cities. Their appearance
created a genuine sensation and attracted much attention to
the prodigious stature of these two marvelous men.
They were offered engagements at princely salaries by the
late P.T. Barnum to appear with his exhibition in a
convention of eighteen of the tallest giants procurable.
The offer was accepted, and Col. Cooper became the star
feature of the famous assemblage of giants.