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Upon laying eyes on Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.'s magnificent stache, however, I couldn't help but wonder: What other legendary Supreme Court facial hair was out there? Sure, today none of the justices consistently rock facial follicles, but what about the grand and glorious past?
We'll start with the notables, move to the complete index of SCOTUS mustaches and beards, and then conduct a poll for G.O.A.T. (not goatee, but rather the Greatest Of All Time):
Notable Supreme Court Beards
First Beard: Samuel Nelson
I was shocked, nay dismayed to discover that the first Supreme Court beard didn't appear until 1845. Not only that, but look at the damn thing: It is literally Ruth Bader Ginsburg's neck doily in neck beard form. It didn't get better with the second beard -- it was also a neck doily.
Most WTF Beard: Howell Edmunds Jackson
We named an entire category of beards (the "Neck Tube") after him, because whoa -- he literally has a tube of white hair sticking out of his chin. It looks like a photographic error on his Wikipedia portrait, but no, that's actually his chin hair.
Last Facial Hair: Thurgood Marshall (and arguably Clarence Thomas)
Categorized Supreme Court Beards (Favorites in Italics)
All beard, no stache, a la Lincoln. The clear winner here is Waite, who is like the George Clooney of SCOTUS history. Blatchford, on the other hand, could barely grow a beard.
There are no winners in this category. One shouldn't have a neck-goatee (with clean chin) or a tube of hair coming out of one's face. Still, if we had to pick a winner, it'd be the hipster known as Nelson. Not only was he into facial hair before it was cool on the Court, but if you rocked that fluffy sideburns/neck doily combo today, you'd definitely have a Pabst Blue Ribbon in hand.
Conversely, there is no easy winner here. I'm going with Woods, but only because I saw his photo and thought: Civil War General. And then, it turns out, he was. All of them have beards worthy of lumberjacks or home improvement shows.
This could be a post of its own, but we'll spare you that. Greatest 'stache in history? Truly, we were an office divided. Some appreciated Taft's neat-and-curly. Others preferred Holmes' full-and-sassy. But Fuller edged them out with pure fullness and girth.
Poll: Pick the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T.)
I went through over 100 judges' portraits to narrow down your choices. Now it's your turn: