John William "Bud" Rogan (1868 - 1905) was 8 feet 8 inches tall. and weighed 175 pounds when he died. This would make him the second tallest man ever and the tallest African American ever. He was born in Sumner County, Tennessee. He began to grow rapidly at age 13. He could not stand or walk. Rogan died on September 12, 1905 due to complications from his ankylosis.