Thinking of all things Irish today in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we offer the "tallest man in the known world" in 1803. This etching by John Kay depicts "Mr. O'Brien," or Patrick Cotter O'Brien (1760-1806), "the Irish Giant." His casket was over 9 feet tall, and a later study of his remains found he was approximately 8 feet 1 inch tall, considered one of the tallest man in his time.
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