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Every four years I get an uptick of interest in my web page on facial hair and US presidential elections. There have been a total of only five American presidents with beards, starting with Abraham Lincoln and continuing through the rest of the nineteenth century. I offer a couple of trivia questions about them.

Quick trivia question #1: Of the five bearded presidents, how many were Democrats and how many were Republicans?

Answer: All five were Republicans. The Democrats have never even had a candidate with a decent beard, and of their presidents only Cleveland even went as far as a moustache.

Quick trivia question #2: Which state were most of the five bearded presidents born in?

Answer: Ohio. Lincoln, born in Kentucky and elected from Illinois, was the only exception. Grant, Hayes, Garfield and Benjamin Harrison were all native Ohioans; Grant, however, was elected from Illinois and Harrison from Indiana.

Slightly surprising to have such a political and geographical concentration of beards, but no doubt it is merely a visible manifestation of less visible trends.



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Jan. 9th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Zero Democrats, five Republicans, Ohio.
Jan. 9th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
How many of those were American Civil War veterans?
Jan. 9th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
If you count Lincoln, all of them.

Now, how many of them were descended from other Presidents?
Jan. 9th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
The last major-party presidential candidate with a beard _and_ the last major-party presidential candidate with (cultivated) facial hair were also Republicans. I'm sure you can name them without looking them up.
Jan. 9th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
I knew about the party skew, but I didn't know about the geographic one.
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