There is no doubt that facial hair and those behind it have helped to shape history since the beginning of time. From mutton chops to goatees and beards longer than two feet, these iconic beards and the men behind them, have definitely left a mark on the U.S. and world. So, without further adieu, here are our top 10 powerful beards throughout history - U.S.A. edition.
1. Abe Lincoln
Good Ole Abe, The Great Emancipator, Honest Abe... the list of names for one of U.S.'s greatest presidents is almost endless. But we should probably add, The Bearded Trend Setter to that list as well. Before Lincoln, no U.S. president had a beard. After Lincoln, the next 10 had a beard or a mustache. Way to go, boss
2. Ambrose Everett Burnside
Yes, the term "sideburns" came from this guy's namesake. From the picture below, you can see why. He was a Union general, railroad executive, and the National Rifle Association's first president.
3. Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and sportsman. He penned classics like A Farwell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953.
4. Uncle Sam
Ok, so this one is not a real person but nevertheless, his face has shaped the U.S. perhaps more than any other. The precise origin of the Uncle Sam character is unclear, but a popular legend is that the name "Uncle Sam" was derived from Samuel Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy, New York who supplied rations for American soldiers during the War of 1812.
5. Colonel Sanders
Could you imagine Colonel Sanders with a babyface? Neither could we. But, did you know, KFC wasn't a thing until Sanders was 65? At age 40, Sanders was running a service station in Kentucky, where he would also feed hungry travelers. Sanders eventually moved his operation to a restaurant across the street but it wasn't until he was 65 that he started to franchise it.
6. Chuck Norris
If you spell Chuck Norris in Scrabble, you win. Forever.
7. ZZ Top
When you picture ZZ Top, one of the first things that comes to mind is their iconic beards. Recently, it was released that the two frontmen were offered 1 million dollars to shave by Gillette. An offer, they politely refused.
8. Mr. T
Mr. T's beard is so much a part of his signature look, that if you google Mr. T, no beard, the only image you will find of him without a beard is photoshopped.
9. Jerry Garcia
From dancing bears to the flower skulls, there are many icons The Grateful Dead is known for but one sticks out to us more than the others... Jerry Garcia’s beard.
10. Jason Mamoa
Ok, so he is no rock god, Nobel prize winner or U.S. President, but there are few beards that compare to the beastly mane sitting atop Jason Mamoa's face.