The Indiana Beard Hall of Fame
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Indiana’s shape is prime for a full set of whiskers, as Fishers shop Vardagen reminded us with its “The Bearded State” tee. And Hoosier history is replete with luxurious specimens. On your mark, get set, groom!
Kentucky-born, Indiana-bred, presidential emancipator. Classic chin curtain.
French priest who founded Notre Dame. Total Dumbledore.
Invented the Gatling machine gun while living in Indy. Kindly Santa Claus.
One of five vice presidents from Indiana (to Ulysses S. Grant). Closest to Vardagen’s rendition.
Native of Liberty, Indiana; Union general. Pioneered sideburns, which are named after him.
Union general, New Mexico governor, Ben-Hur author. Puts the G.O.A.T. in goatee.
Indy politician, Union colonel, 23rd U.S. president. Trimmed and neat.
Vevay novelist and Methodist minister. Snowy and ship-shape.
Barbershop entrepreneur and owner of the Indianapolis Freeman newspaper. Nice chin puff.
“Hoosier Group” impressionist. Textbook ducktail.
Popular historical novelist from Gosport. A latter-day Papa Hemingway.
Beloved late-night TV host, IndyCar owner. Post-retirement scruff game: strong.
Co-founder of Sun King Brewing, helped Indiana’s beer rep flourish. A heady facial foam.
The Colts’ former Pro Bowl receiver. Ranged from boxed goatee to “training-camp beard.”
Colts franchise QB. Or Civil War reenactor?