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?
Patent Drawing for E. Berliner’s Gramophone, 11/08/1887
While this drawing shows one of Emile Berliner’s early cylinder-style Gramophones (a format first patented by Thomas Edison), he would go on to develop the well known disc format record that would eventually replace cylinder recordings.
On 8 November 1942 American forces landed at Casablanca during Operation Torch. French naval forces attacked U.S. Navy ships and 13 French ships were sunk without a U.S. loss. This photo shows the battleship USS Massachusetts (BB 59) maneuvering off Casablanca during the invasion. Note that Massachusetts’ main battery guns are trained out to port. National Archives image 80-G-K-2134 photographed from USS Mayrant (DD 402).