Last weekend at the First Ladies library, one of my tourists was looking at a picture of Eleanor Roosevelt with James Cagney and Pat O'Brien. This picture (which I couldn't find on the web...you'll have to visit the NFLL to see it!) shows just how tall Eleanor was. So the question was - how tall was she? In case you were also wondering, she was 5 feet, 11 inches (I guessed wrong by the way...I told my group I wasn't sure and we'd look it up (which we did) at the end). That ties her with Michelle Obama for the tallest First Lady!
I just took down the shortest information. I had done a quick search to find the information and saw Mary Lincoln listed in several places and went with it even though it didn't sound right to me (I should have known better!). Anyway, several FLs are recorded as being under 5' 2", although we don't have good records for many, hence it is hard to say. Martha Washington is traditionally thought to be under 5 feet and Abigail Adams is recorded as 5' 1". Some others we have even less on - like Hannah Van Buren. So I've decided we can't be sure and am leaving this as just information for you. I got the physical descriptions from the National First Ladies Library because they were all in one place, but you might be able to get some more detail on various FLs from more specific museums.