Our beard of history this week is the 26th US President, Teddy Roosevelt.
While Roosevelt is not known for having a burly beard, he is known for perfectly rocking the gentleman’s mustache.
His reputation for being a man’s man, a tough guy, a cowboy, is quite striking compared to his youth. Roosevelt was born beardless and sickly, with debilitating asthma.
Through a strenuous lifestyle he was able to overcome this challenge, and eventually integrated this into his personality.
He formed the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American war and returned a war hero.
After that, his political career took off with an election to Governor of New York, Vice-President, and ultimately President after the assassination of President McKinley.
Roosevelt was a champion of progressive politics and sought protections for citizens from corporate excess and irresponsibility.
The most badass story I know of Roosevelt is of his assassination attempt. He was giving a speech in Milwaukee when a dude walked up to him and shot him in the chest.
Fortunately for sweet Teddy, he had a steel eyeglass case and a 50 page manuscript in his jacket. The bullet lodged in his chest but did not kill him.
He concluded that since he was not coughing up blood that the bullet had not pierced his lung, and he could continue his speech in a bloody shirt.
He spoke for 90 minutes before seeking medical attention.
The bullet was deemed more dangerous to remove than leave in, so Roosevelt spent his remaining days with a bullet in his chest.
RIP Teddy Roosevelt, may your mustache grow forever