Presidential beards

Presidents haven't worn beards in office since the late 19th Century.

Two presidents in the early 20th Century, Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft (the subjects of the new Doris Kearns Goodwin book I've started and will report back on), sported mustaches; but presidents have been clean-shaven since.


I'm thinking about this since watching a bit of the World Series on TV last month. I was impressed with the playoff beards of the Red Sox players, and they reminded me of the great presidential beards of the Civil War and post-Civil War era.

Arthur harrison garfield hayes

Wouldn't it be cool to have a coffee table book about playoff bears, presidential beards, or both?

Photo of Dustin Pedroia by Keith Allen, Flickr. Presidents clockwise from top left: Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Henry Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield.

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