Next year marks the 100th anniversary of William Howard Taft leaving office as the 27th President of the United States. Why is that significant? Because Taft is the last sitting president to have facial hair of any sort. Since then, we’ve been beleaguered by baby-faced politicians who fail to realize how many votes they are losing by shunning the beard and mustache crowd every four years.

And with the recent re-election of President Barack Obama, it looks like we’ll have to wait at least another four years until we have a Commander-in-Chief who shuns typical Washington politics by growing a bitchin’ beard that gains the respect and fear of the entire world. The good news, though, is that the release of Steven Spielberg’s new biopic Lincoln brings to life one of the most memorable examples of presidential facial hair in our nation’s 236-year history. Hopefully this leads to a beard and 'stache renaissance.

To refresh your memory on the history of facial hair in the political realm, have a look at The 20 Best Politician Beards And Mustaches.

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Written by Jason Serafino (serafinoj1)