Height and Weight of West Point Cadets, 1843-1894 (ICPSR 9468)

Published: Feb 24, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
John Komlos, University of Pittsburgh. Department of History


Version V2

This data collection was designed to ascertain the nutritional status of mid-nineteenth century Americans. These data supply information on cadet's last name, age, height, weight, state of birth, state of appointment, and the date of the physical examination. In addition, family background data, such as whether parents were alive, father's occupation, income of parents, head of household, and urban/rural location of family residence, are provided.

Komlos, John. Height and Weight of West Point Cadets, 1843-1894. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-02-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09468.v2

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (2732-HD-07168)

1843 -- 1894


The data contain alphabetics.

West Point applicant physical examination lists (from United States National Archives, Military Archives Division)

administrative records data



2010-02-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

1991-03-05 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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