As he was running for the presidency in 1860, Abraham Lincoln received some sage advice from 11-year-old Grace Bedell, “Let your whiskers grow”, she wrote in a letter to the future president, “you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin.” Lincoln took the young girl’s suggestion to heart and immediately started growing a beard, leading to a sharp spike in facial hair popularity.
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By Preston Butler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons