Can a bearded President ever win again?

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It's often said that our schools are not teaching enough about the history of facial hair among presidential candidates, so it's good to see some heroes out there who are willing to present this very important info. A few quick facts:

  • The 1860 election is often remembered as the one that set the trend of presidents with facial hair. However, while Lincoln did have a beard by the time of his inauguration, he was actually clean shaven at the time of the election. But by 1864, Lincoln had a full beard and won again.
  • William Howard Taft was the last man with facial hair to become President.
  • Thomas Dewey was the last major candidate to have facial hair. Dewey and his mustache lost to Truman in 1948. Since then, every serious candidate has been clean shaven.

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December 19, 2006 - 6:12am
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