On Whether the Little Corporal was Really Little
Napoleon is one of the most famous people in modern history — famous for trying to conquer Europe, and famous for being short. Well, fame for trying to conquer Europe is justified. He tried, and almost succeeded. But the fame for being short is misplaced. He was 5 feet, 7 inches tall, taller than the average Frenchman at the time. His nickname, “The Little Corporal,” came from the fact that he held this relatively low rank early in his career. Like all good nicknames, it stuck, even when he became Emperor of France. It’s tough to shake off a good nickname, Buzzkillers.