10 Most Famous Men with Beards in the History

famous men with beards

There is a lot of subjectivity regarding the matter of great beards. Many people think that they belong to this category. Some may even include a family member, father, or spouse. No matter the age, time period or areas of expertise there are a few personalities that are world famous and who are truly worthy of being on this list of the top 10 famous men with beards.

History of Famous Men with Beards

1. Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau: a famous men with beards

Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, of John Thoreau, a pencil maker, and Cynthia Dunbar. He was named after his recently deceased paternal uncle, David Thoreau. He began to call himself Henry David after he completed college, but he never petitioned to have a legal name change. He had only two older siblings, Helen and John Jr., and a younger sister, Sophia.

2. Karl Max

 Karl Max a famous men with beards

Karl max was born in Trier, Germany, he studied law and philosophy at university. He married Jenny von Westphalen in 1843. Due to his political publications, Marx became without any state and lived in an exile with his children and wife in London for a long time, where he kept on to continue and develop his thought in collaboration with great thinker Friedrich Engels and publish his writings, researching for the reading room of the British Museum.

3. William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare  a famous men with beards

William Shakespeare is a world-famous playwright and personality who has an iconic beard. One of his quotes about a beard is, “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. He that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.” From ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

4. Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin  a famous men with beards

Darwin published his theory of the evolution with compelling evidence in his book On the Origin of a Species, overcoming the scientific rejection of the earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the early 1870s, the scientific community and the majority of the educated public had accepted the evolution theory as a fact. However, many were competing for explanations and it was not until of the emergence of modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which the natural selection was basic mechanism of evolution.

5. Sophocles

Sophocles  a famous men with beards

Sophocles, son of Sophocles, was a wealthy member of a rural deme of Hippies Colonus in Attica, which was to become the setting of one of his plays, and he was born there. The year is unclear and not exact, although 497 or 496 is most likely to be. Sophocles was born into a wealthy family and was very highly educated.

6. Hans Langseth

Hans Langseth  a famous men with beards

Langseth was born in the city of Eidsvoll and emigrated to the United States in 1867. He then married Anna Berntsen in 1870 and then had worked as a farmer in the Elkton Township. Later he travelled around the United States as part of a freak show showing off his beard. Langseth died at the age of 81 in Wyndmere, North Dakota and is buried in Elk Creek Church Cemetery in Kensett. His beard measured 5.33 meters (17.5 ft). It was then donated to Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution in 1967.

7. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln  a famous men with beards

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, he grew up on the western frontier in a poor family. Self-educated, he became a lawyer. As a Whig Party leader, he served two years in Congress and eight years in the state legislature and then resumed his law practice. He was a leader in building in the West the new Republican Party from the Whigs and the anti-slavery Democrats.

8. Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Many critics tend to regard Leonardo as the ultimate example of “Universal Genius” or even as the “Renaissance Man”. This, he is widely considered to be one of the most diversely talented individuals to ever live.  

9. Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Santa Claus who is actually named as Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle or even Father Christmas is definitely what you would call a legendary figure that originates in the Western Christian culture. He is known for bringing amazing gifts to well-behaved or good children on Christmas Eve.

10. Lord Kelvin

Lord Kelvin

William Thomson also known as Lord Kelvin was a Scots-Irish who was simultaneously a wonderful physicist and also an engineer. He did some very important work in the field of mathematical analysis of electricity. He is also single handedly responsible for the formulation of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics.

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