Happy Facial Hair Friday! Today’s featured mustache belongs to Grover Cleveland, who was re-elected to office on November 8, 1892, making him the first and currently only President to serve two non-consecutive terms.
Perhaps it was the mustache that won him this honor? President Cleveland had embraced the look of the mostly clean-shaved face when he entered office the first time in 1885, but he did have a mustache.
When he returned for a second term in 1893, he still had the mustache. In fact, he defeated the incumbent President Harrison, who was the last President to date to have a beard.
Did this electoral defeat signal the end of an era for beards and new dawn of the mustache?
Letter from King Chulalongkorn of Siam, to President Grover Cleveland, 03/11/1893
The United States and Thailand, then called Siam, entered into their first official relationship on March 20, 1833, when the two countries signed a Treaty of Amity and Commerce. Formal diplomatic relations would not be established until October 23, 1882, when John A. Halderman presented his credentials as Minister Resident and Consul General. This letter, dated March 11, 1893, from the King of Siam to President Cleveland appoints Phya Maha Yodha as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, to be resident in Europe but to travel to the United States as necessary.