Monday, October 04, 2004

Presidents with Facial Hair

Sideburns
John Quincy Adams (1825-29)
Chester Alan Arthur (1881-1885)

Moustaches
Grover Cleveland (1885-1889, 1893-1897)
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (1901-1909)
William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

Beards
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
Ulysses Simpson Grant (1869-1877)
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
James Garfield (1881)
Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)

The last bearded man to run for president was Charles Hughes, in 1916. Thomas Dewey was the last candidate to have facial hair of any sort -- he had a moustache -- Dewey lost to Roosevelt in 1944 and famously to Truman in 1948.

The longest stretch of bearded presidents was 12 years, 1869-1881; however, for the 28 year stretch from 1869-1897, all the presidents had facial hair of some sort.

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