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Anna Swan and Martin Van Buren Bates, her husband

“Stand tall, lass, and be proud of your highland ancestry.”

At 15 years old, Anna stood well over seven feet. She moved to an aunt’s home on Willow Street in Truro to attend the Normal School, which later became the Teacher’s College. Unfortunately, she was not happy in Truro. The townspeople would follow her around in the streets, she did not feel comfortable at her aunt’s house, and she missed her family. Out of frustration, Anna went back home to New Annan within a few months, but she did find a way to further her education...

Anna Swan “The Tallest Woman in the World”

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