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Oct. 15, 1860



A little girl gives beauty advice to Abraham Lincoln that may have forever changed his appearance and, arguably, the future of America.

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“If you let your whiskers grow, I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you. You would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.”

Grace Bedell (11) writing to then-candidate Abraham Lincoln during his campaign. Shortly after, Lincoln started growing a beard. In fact, he had a full beard on the day of his inauguration several months later.
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The Beard Effect

  • Grace wrote the letter in Oct 1860, only weeks before Election Day.
  • In his response to Grace, Lincoln asked whether he might be made fun of for suddenly growing a beard; he was!
  • A beard likely didn’t impact Pres. Lincoln’s victory, BUT it did impact his appearance as the 16th President and his lasting legacy.
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Does A Beard Make The Man?

Research says: “Maybe!”

  • One recent study showed 8,500+ women photos of men with varying degrees of facial hair.
  • Those with heavy stubble deemed most attractive.
  • Men with full beards = LEAST attractive, but MOST DESIRABLE as long-term partners.
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Researchers say beards are perceived as a sign of masculinity and self-confidence.

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