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By 1896, the beard trend of the Gilded Age was fading, especially among younger men. The Civil War vets would keep their grizzled old beards, but the Progressives would eschew.
When you think of men and the 19th century, you probably think of beards. Large, ridiculous beards unseen again in American life until the early 21st century. Moreover, the beards.
The title for greatest beard in American history goes to one Peter Cooper, 1876 Greenback Party candidate for president. I don't see how the competition for this title even comes.