As American’s go to the polls today in what might be a record breaking and surely a historic day lets look back at some of the past mustachioed presidents.
Facial hair really didn’t get anywhere close to executive authority until Grover Cleveland. Oh sure John Quincy Adams & Van Buren had the mutton chops but the mustache really took some time to get in the door. Zachary Taylor looked like he had facial hair but those were just ‘pronounced’ jowls. Abe Lincoln ushered in the acceptance of facial hair with his ‘before his time’ Amish look. Andrew Johnson was president after Lincoln and he reverted back the babies bum purity of no facial hair. Johnson of course was a democrat and in the next election he lost to a guy whose name made sure he would one day make him president or at least a character in a James Jones book – Ulysses S. Grant. Grant championed the facial hair movement and grew a full beard. Next up was Rutherford B. Hayes, who would later become the inspiration for ZZ Top(I can’t prove this but you can’t disprove it either so don’t even bother trying), let his hair down. Garfield towed the party line and kept on growing. Chester A. Arthur mixed it up a little bit and did the reverse Lincoln. No doubt trying to get voters to think of Lincoln’s legacy when they went to vote, it worked. Well played Arthur, well played. Grover Cleveland finally wrestled the presidency away from the GOP but recognizing the power of facial hair became the nation’s first true mustachioed president. Benjamin Harrison won the presidency back for the beard loving GOP but Cleveland’s mustache proved to be too good and he was reelected. Two more presidents would don the stache while in office, Theodore Roosevelt followed by William Howard Taft whose presidency ended on March 4, 1913 setting in motion a 95 year mustache drought that shows no sign of ending with the two candidates this year.
With that we elect Grover Cleveland as the Greatest Mustache in Presidential History
More on Grover Cleveland
Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was both the twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States. Cleveland is the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885–1889 and 1893–1897) and thus is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. He was the winner of the popular vote for President three times—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was the only Democrat elected to the Presidency in the era of Republican political domination that lasted from 1860 to 1912. Cleveland’s admirers praise him for his honesty, independence, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism. As a leader of the Bourbon Democrats, he opposed imperialism, taxes, subsidies and inflationary policies, but as a reformer he also worked against corruption, patronage, and bossism.
Will the stache make a comeback? It will with us, this I know but the presidency has proved somewhat tricky to the voters. One thing I do now; if the Cubs win the World Series before we get a mustache back in the White House then there is no god.