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The above pie charts represent the proportions of British prime ministers (since Walpole in 1721) and American presidents (since Washington in 1789) with facial hair. (I’ve included Margaret Thatcher amongst the clean-shaven. One assumes she shaved her plums, anyway.)
It’s been a while since we’ve had any facial hair on either side of the Atlantic, which is quite a shame. The last British PM with a moustache was Harold Macmillan who left office in 1963; and you have to go back to 1913 and William H. Taft to find a US president with whiskers.

Written by Craig

July 24th, 2007 at 10:04 pm

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  1. from the series fun facts in interesting graphs… I’m sure I am not the only one wondering how you come up with the ideas…

    I’m afraid the moustache and the beard will continue to have a difficult time (now with “our” “enemy” being the “islamic world” and things…)
    however I’d like to see a return of the sideburn!




    25 Jul 07 at 07:52

  2. yeah, frank zappa should have run for president! moustache galore!!


    26 Jul 07 at 08:08

  3. Alex – I’m not sure where the thought came from, really. I remember wondering who was the last PM with a moustache a while ago; and watching the US presidential debates probably kicked the idea up a notch, with the large amount of clean-shaven, white fellows all stood in a line.

    Z- That would’ve been fun time!


    26 Jul 07 at 14:07

  4. errrh… what are plums?


    26 Jul 07 at 23:25

  5. Craig

    26 Jul 07 at 23:42

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