||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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