Among our extensive collection of Mathew Brady photographs is this one of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell, whose sideburns appear to slide down his cheeks towards his cravat.
The Honorable J. B. Grinnell’s name may seem familiar if you have ever browsed college catalogs, or if you are an alum of Grinnell College, located in Grinnell, Iowa.
Although Grinnell was born in Vermont, he packed up his sideburns and went West in 1854 to set up a Congregational church out in the wilds of the Iowa terrriroty. The town and college that he helped set up both bear his name.
After Iowa became a state, Grinnell served as a state senator and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln for President. In 1862, Grinnell was elected to Congress.
Grinnell crossed paths with Horace Greely, whose neard has been featured on Facial Hair Friday before. Grinnell, along with ”Liberal Republicans” and Democrats, supported Greeley for President—presumably for political reasons rather than a shared love of sideburns.
But not all was peaceful in the world of politics and facial hair. On June 14, 1866, Grinnell was assaulted by fellow Representative and sideburn-lover Gen. Lovell H. Rousseau. The Kentucky man beat the unarmed Grinnell with an iron-tipped cane after an incident on the House floor when Grinnell disputed his Civil War record.
After a special investigation, the House cleared Grinnell but censured Rousseau. … [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on January 13, 2012, under Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: 39th Congress, abraham lincoln, Congress, Grinnell, Grinnell College, Horace Greely, House, Iowa, Josiah Bushnell Grinnell, kentucky, Lovell H. Rousseau, Mathew Brady, neard, Republican National Convention, sideburns
Since April 2010, we’ve brought you more than 100 Pieces of History. Nothing too small, too strange, or too obscure has escaped the spotlight of our blog or the scalpel of your clever comments.
And we are still discovering new pieces of history every day here at the National Archives! But before we go forward into the 2011, let’s take a look back at some of the posts that our readers (and us, the writers) liked best.
TEN: Admittedly, Horace Greeley does not have the most massive chin whiskers of our Facial Hair Fridays stars, but the word “neard” has been introduced into our vocabulary. The world will never be the same.
NINE: With the “Discovering the Civil War” exhibit in full swing, it turns out there is a lot we didn’t know about the Civil War. Ten things, in fact.
EIGHT: Though the Constitution might have preventing her from voting, it did not prohibit Jeanette Rankin from joining the House of Representatives.
SEVEN: Time and space collide when William Shatner is Norton P. Chipman!
SIX: West Virginia–is it actually a state in the Constitutional sense?
FIVE: The people of Alaska wake up new American citizens and eleven days in the future.
FOUR: Is that a moleskine in your pocket or a mole skin in your file?
Posted by Hilary on December 30, 2010, under - Civil Rights, - Civil War, - Constitution, - Exploration, Facial Hair Fridays, Myth or History.
Tags: 2011, abraham lincoln, facebook, Gettysburg, Horace Greeley, Jeanette Rankin, lincoln, mole skin, moleskine, neard, Pieces of History, POH, teddy roosevelt, Top Ten, West Virginia, wine
They just lit up the White House Christmas tree here in Washington, DC, and temperatures here have taken a North Pole-style turn for the worse (I am beginning to wonder if I’ll need to knit myself a neard).
So, here at Facial Hair Friday, I thought it might be time to do a search for “Santa” in ARC. After all, that jolly old elf has a very famous and lush beard.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa!
Well, Santa Cruz in California. A place where it is warm and sunny and this extremely hip cat from 1972 is enjoying on an amusement park ride with his family. And he is sporting an Afro, mutton chops, goatee, and an attitude of awesome, proving that it was possible to be cool in the 70s.
Great facial hair grown after the 1860s! It warms the cockles of my chilly heart.… [ Read all ]
At least three colleagues here at the National Archives and one commenter have mentioned Horace Greeley as a candidate for the spotlight here at Facial Hair Friday. And upon looking him up and letting out a strangled gasp, I had to agree that his facial hair is indeed worthy of a blog post.
I’m not sure that Greeley’s hair is even, well, facial. It’s more like neck hair run amok. Is it a beard or a neck-beard “neard”?
In a recent FHF post, we posted a table that showed the bearded candidate had a better chance of winning when pitted against a clean-shaven candidate.
In 1872, Greeley even ran as a Presidential candidate against the heavily bearded Grant, but suffered a landslide loss. In the tabulation, we did not count Greeley’s facial hair as a beard, since it did not cover his chin.
Might Greeley have more political success with a different whisker style? Should we have counted his “neard” as a beard?
Despite Greeley’s eccentric appearance, he was also a well-respected editor who launched the widely read The New York Tribune. “According to this article, he “opposed slavery as morally deficient and economically regressive” and supported the Emanicipation Proclamation (on display at the National Archives from November 11 to 14).… [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on November 5, 2010, under - Civil War, Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: civil war, discovering the civil war, Emanicipation Proclamation, Horace Greeley, neard, neck beard, Pieces of History, Presidential candidate, prologue blog, strange facts, things you didnt know about civil war, us history, weird but true