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?
It’s a Facial Hair Friday posting in honor of our new Charles O’Rear collection on Flickr. O’Rear was a photographer for the DOCUMERICA project in the 1970s. He took this image in May of 1972. The original caption reads “Hitchhiker with His Dog, ‘Tripper,’ on U.S. 66. U.S. 66 Crosses The Colorado River At Topock.”
Read the blog post to find out more about the project and the facial hair.