The Girl Who Grew Lincoln’s Beard 

 

 

 

 ” Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly one of the most easily recognizable people in U.S. history. His height (6’4”), stovepipe hat, and beard made him stand out in a crowd and in the collective American consciousness.

Credit for part of his signature look goes to Grace Greenwood Bedell Billings. In October 1860, the eleven-year-old Bedell saw a campaign photo of Lincoln and was inspired—150 years ago this month—to write to him and urge him to grow a beard to improve his appearance. “