Presidents With Long Hair: Commanders-In-Chief with Majestic Manes

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Leaders of State Repping The Flow

Happy President’s Day! It can be easy to get swept up in presidential politics, but if there is one thing we can all agree on—it’s great hair. In this lighthearted post we look back through history to count down the all-time top 10 presidents with long hair.

I look down to see the people that are governing me and making my rules — and they haven’t got any hair on their head. I get very uptight about it.
Bob Dylan 1963

Presidents With Long Hair

The First President - George Washington

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How could GW not be #1? The first president of a fledgling nation, commander-in-chief of the continental army, and the original All-American.

Had there been a little breeze on the Delaware that fateful day we might have seen the flow in full effect, but we're certain George would have appreciated the superior hold and stars & stripes on the Old Glory's.

The Second President - John Adams

John Adams ,The Second President, with long hair.

The second president and cousin of patriot Samuel Adams, he was often referred to as the "father of the American Navy." Pretty sure John was enjoying some frosty brews while helping draft the Declaration of Independence, and he certainly didn't entertain any grief for repping the long silver menstail.

Adorn your locks with stars, stripes & the red, white and blue.

Show ’em where you pledge your allegiance.
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The Third President - Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, the Third President, with long hair.

Even US Presidents have to go through the awkward stage. We find it no small coincidence he was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, for what better way to declare your own personal independence than letting it ride through your presidential term in office?

The Third Vice President - Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr, the Third Vice President, with long hair.

Back when it was acceptable for the Vice President to challenge another man to a gentlemanly pistol duel, the third VP of the US infamously shot and killed his political rival, Alexander Hamilton, as recapped in the classic Got Milk commercial.

Despite being charged with murder, and later brought on charges of treason, Burr was never convicted for these crimes, being guilty only of refusing to trim his manly vice presidential locks.

The Fourth President - James Madison

James Madison, the Fourth President, with long hair.

Being hailed as both "Father of the Constitution," and "Father of the Bill of Rights," raises the question of what else James Madison was father to—quite possibly including the balding-2-section-high-upper-forehead-long-in-the-back-and-sides congressional flow.


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The Sixth President - John Qunicy Adams

John Quincy Adams, the Sixth President, with long hair.

Son of second president John Adams, JQ was know for his influence on shaping US foreign policy, improvements to US infrastructure and his strong opposition to slavery.

While his power of mane left him before his presidential term, undoubtably his youthful commitment to power through awkward stage hair served him well through his political tribulations later in life.

The Eleventh President - James Polk

James Polk, the 11th President, with long hair.

With arguably the finest hair of any US President in history, James Polk is remembered as one of the last strong presidents before the Civil War, having met every major domestic and foreign policy goal set during his campaign.

Among other notable achievements he oversaw the opening of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Smithsonian Institution, the groundbreaking for the Washington Monument, and the issuance of the first United States postage stamp.

It's also possible he instituted the first #HairWhipWednesday in North America, though reports are unconfirmed.

The Thirty-Second President - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

FDR, the 32nd President, with long hair.

We should probably start with a little context to this photo. From, "When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?" published on

We find the look unsettling today, yet social convention of 1884, when FDR was photographed at age 2 1/2, dictated that boys wore dresses until age 6 or 7, also the time of their first haircut. Franklin’s outfit was considered gender-neutral.

With that cleared up, it's safe to say one of the finest presidents in US history was a registered and duly certified longhair. Looking for a new deal at age 7 he abandoned the dress and long locks for good, but as we know around here, long hair lives in the heart.

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Don’t risk lighting your hair on fire while exploding fireworks. Tie it up, with The Old Glorys.

The Thirty-Sixth President - Lyndon B. Johnson

LBJ, the 36th President, with long hair.

Commonly remembered for his escalation of the US conflict in Vietnam, LBJ accomplished a great deal during his presidency, passing laws affecting civil rights, gun control, healthcare programs, wilderness preservation, and Social Security.

More notable in some circles was the fact he grew his sliver hair down to his shoulders following his presidency, surely with the foresight that he would be published in this post someday.

The Forty-Second President - William Jefferson Clinton

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President, with long hair.

Oh, Bill.

What do you think about our list? It’s a shame we haven’t seen a president with long hair in some time. But like Bob said, “the times they are a-changin.”

When do you think—if ever—we’ll see another U.S. president with long hair?

And to our readers out of the United States: who are the longhair politicians and leaders of state we should know about?

Thanks to all the previous commenters!

"I have better hair than any president. Believe me, the best. And it's my hair." - Donald J Trump


  1. Several of the first 19 presidents had what today would be called long hair. Rutherford B. Hayes did not have a crewcut.

  2. Martin Van Buren had rather wild locks, too. And let’s not forget a young Barack Obama smoking and sporting a head of hair with flair?

    I stumbled across a website that showed more Presidents who were longhairs when they were young–years before trimming their “heads of state.” Millard Fillmore looked like he could have been a member of The Yardbirds. Abraham Lincoln piled his hair to new heights on top of his 6 foot 4 frame about 150 years before mousse became a thing. Chester A Arthur looked like he could have been the fourth member of Cream, and Grover Cleveland looking like he could have joined The Band on its Last Waltz. And though not a longhair, even James Garfield appeared to have a James Dean moment going.

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      Dude. This is hilarious.

      I’ve often thought of naming my firstborn child after President Millard Fillmore.

      1. My sister has a 14 generation paper that we are related to the Adam’s. Number 2 and 6 .coming up on 5 years for me in july. Let it rock

  3. Not a president but how about an honorable mention for our fine maned founding father Benjamin Franklin for having one of the freshest flows of that era!

  4. Trump is so full of himself that he has to say he has the best hair. It’s obvious there’s no hair in the front. It’s long in the back and it’s an extreme front combover to fill in a bald head. It’s a look though I guess lol. James Polk had great hair though and it’s pretty neat that LBJ grew his hair out in his later years.

  5. Trump had long hair in a picture in 2016 and cut it before entering office.

    1. My sister has a 14 generation paper that we are related to the Adam’s. Number 2 and 6 .coming up on 5 years for me in july. Let it rock

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