November is a month when brave men throw their good sense and razors aside to grow moustaches. Why? The idea is that these hairy lips raise awareness for prostate cancer. The event, which has taken off in popularity in recent years, is known as “Movember.” I declined to participate, but I was inspired by my mustached comrades to research some great moments in facial hair history.
The first thing I wanted to know — who was the last President of the United States to rock the moustache? For as far back as I can remember, presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, have been a clean shaven bunch. According to the Web, the last mustached President was none other than William Howard Taft (America’s 27th Commander-In-Chief).
A hairy article from the Daily Mail explains that while Taft rocked a mean looking moustache, he wasn’t the world’s best politician. Contrast that with Abraham Lincoln, who went against the grain by having a beard but no moustache. A unique look and certainly not one we see often these days. Can you imagine Barack Obama with a beard like that?
An awesome blog from Nicholas Whyte breaks down the history of presidential facial hair. For example, there was only one election when candidates from both major parties had mustaches. In 1904, Teddy Roosevelt beat his Democratic opponent Alton Parker. Sure Roosevelt won at the polls, but if you ask me, both had formidable facial hair.
What are some of your favorite moustaches in history? Tom Selleck? Rollie Fingers? Burt Reynolds? Sound off in the comments below.
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