Originally Posted by Steve M.
The Lincoln photo is likely from 186, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives - he was the only Whig in the Illinois congressional delegation (both House and Senate). Yes, Hayes was a handsome young man, I never could understand why he grew a rat's-nest beard in middle age!
unfortunately that beard was men's fashion at that time.
Here is Laura Ingalls Wilder's Pa; Charles Ingalls at the height of fashion!