Feodor Machnow, (Fyodor Andreevich Makhnov) was born on 6 June 1878 at the village of Kostyuks, Ukraine.
Though exact details concerning his birth are uncertain, Feodor Machnow eventually grew to a stature of 7'10" (239 cm) and a weight of 365 lbs. As a young man in his twenties he toured Europe to exhibit his great height. After having spent time in Berlin (Passage Panopticum), Paris and the Netherlands he visited London in 1905 where he joined the Hippodrome accompanied by his wife and young child. He then toured the United States in 1906 where he met President Roosevelt and the Cardiff Giant George Auger. It is believed that Feodor Machnow died on 28 August 1912

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