Including current POTUS, there have been, in total, 45 Presidents of the United States of America. While the former real estate developer and reality television star is clean-shaven, many of his predecessors sported facial hair (some of it was absolutely absurd, i.e. Chester A. Arthur).
There’s one incredible thing all of these scruffy commander-in-chiefs had in common, however. And it wasn’t that they all lived in the White House or that they were white males — or something obvious like that. Religion wasn’t it, either. No, no, no, no. It was substantial and kind of fascinating — a “what are the chances!?” type of thing.
In case you forgot, here are all of them, in order:
(16) Abraham Lincoln: Did a nice job in office. Got a few things done. Rags to riches story.
(18) Ulysses S. Grant: Advanced military mind. Very cerebral. An incredible and vastly-underrated writer.
(19) Rutherford B. Hayes: If only he was as good at growing a beard as he was at being president.
(20) James Garfield: He was only in office for 200 days before being shot getting on a morning train in Washington. None of those 200 days did he spend not bearded, however. Kind of looked like Lenin in a weird way.
(21) Chester A. Arthur: Was it a beard? Or? Hmm? Whatever it was, it was … free.
(23) Benjamin Harrison: He “facilitated the creation” of the National Forests. Only a guy with legit facial hair could do that. Rugged. Brawny. Lumberjack-like?
(26) Teddy Roosevelt: While he doesn’t have it in this photograph, he had it. The “Rough Rider” himself didn’t have time or patience for a razor. He was too busy busting trusts and hunting enormous game.
Seven presidents. Seven “Leaders of the Free World” who wouldn’t know a can of a Barbasol if someone threw it at one of their Secret Service agents.
But, again, what did they have in common?
They were all … REPUBLICANS.