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Top 10 Facial Hair in American History
Facial hair can be very powerful in history. It adds personality and character to otherwise unremarkable personages. Lincoln grew his famous beard because he felt it would add prestige to his image during the election of 1860. Here are the most amazing and important beards and moustaches of American history:
10 William F. Cody (1846-1917) People lined up with their hard-earned cash to see his famed "wild west" shows. Buffalo Bill was quite the showman and his incomparable goatee testifies to this fact.
9 Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Not only was he a leading abolitionist, transcendentalist philosopher, and antiwar advocate, but he also sported a great chinstrap beard.
8 John Smith (1580-1631), if that was his real name, was the leader of the Jamestown colony that made peace with Powhatan and his people. He secured the success of the colony. His moustache and rounded beard are probably stylized, but we'll give him credit anyway.
7 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935), was the democratic-minded associate justice of the Supreme Court who led the U.S. through the Progressive Era. He is just as famous for his handlebar moustache.
6 John Brown (1800-1859), abolitionist terrorist or freedom fighter. He grew his beard to impress audiences at frequent public speeches and likened his new look to that of Moses. He died a martyr to the anti-slavery cause.
5 Sanford B. Dole (1844-1926) personally led the overthrew the kingdom of Hawaii, probably due to the force of this amazing beard. He was the first and last president of the Republic of Hawaii.
4 Martin van Buren (1782-1862) had the ultimate presidential mutton-chops. He had a real hand-off style to his presidency. He was very unlike his political hero Andrew Jackson.
3 Rollie Fingers (born 1946) is a Hall of Fame pitcher who grew his moustache to get a $300 bonus from the owner of the Oakland A's. He liked it so much, he kept it going, although it was 100 years or so out of style.
2 Ambrose Burnside (1824-1888) was the commander of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Even though his sideburns were so cool that all sideburns are named AFTER HIM, Lincoln fired him.
1 Edward Teach (1680-1718) was better known as "Blackbeard." The fearsome pirate operated off the Carolina coast. He wove hemp into the hairs of his moustache and beard and lit the tips to intimidate opponents during fights. That makes him tops on our list.