Abraham Lincoln
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When Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington to be sworn in as the 16th President, he appeared at the Capitol with a beard, which was unusual since he had always been beardless.
Lincoln grew a beard at the suggestion of 11-year-old Grace Bedell from New York. She wrote him a letter and noted that she thought he would look better with a beard, similar to her father and brothers. Grace was present in the crowd at Lincoln's inauguration, and when he saw her, he gave her a kiss on the cheek and thanked her for her suggestion.
   
 

Learn more about Abraham Lincoln:

Life Before the Presidency
Did You Know?
Presidential Accomplishments
A Deadly Premonition
Lincoln's Presidency Ends
Lincoln's Lasting Legacy