Theodore Roosevelt is one US president many easily remember because of his mustache. A stubble that epitomized manliness in the midst of the Spanish-America war, Roosevelt’s walrus mustache is surprisingly easily to achieve.
Read on to know more about his life and how to achieve the same look that the 26th President of the United States sported throughout his distinguished career.
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Statesman, Writer, President: Theodore Roosevelt’s Career
Prior to becoming one of the most well-known Presidents of the United States, Roosevelt enjoyed a distinguished career as a writer and a rancher.
He was homeschooled as a child before entering Harvard College, where he excelled in the sciences and philosophy.
He also had a particular affinity for biology, which influenced his decision to stud ornithology.
While at Harvard, he worked on a book on the United States Navy and the war of 1812, which was published in 1882.
This became one of the most important studies of naval warfare and is still regarded as such to this day.
After the date of his father, Roosevelt decided to attend law school in New York. This move exposed him to politics, especially since he began attending Republican meetings in Morton Hall.
He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1882 to 1884, where he rose through the ranks with an anti-corruption drive that helped him win the election for party leadership.
However, political differences within the party led to his decision to retire and move to North Dakota, where he immersed himself in the frontier and cowboy life.
During this time, Roosevelt published 3 books on the subjects, among them the Wilderness Hunter.
He returned to New York in 1886 and after a failed bid for mayor, wrote The Winning of the West, a study about the frontier journeys of Americans.
In 1885, he was appointed to the United States Civil Service Commission by President Benjamin Harrison. He was reappointed to the same post when Grover Cleveland assumed the presidency.
Roosevelt later on became the president of the board of the New York City Police Commissioners which allowed him to make radical changes to the police force such as annual firearms and physical fitness inspections as well as recruitment based on physical and mental qualifications instead of political ties.
He was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Navy in 1897 by President McKinley, before resigning from the post in 1898 to form the First US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment or the Rough Riders which fought enemy forces during the Spanish-American War.
After the war, Roosevelt was elected as Governor of New York. This period in his political career exposed him to the economic issues and political strategies that would prove useful to his presidency.
He was elected to the vice presidency in 1901, a post that he held for 6 months before the death of McKinley propelled him to the highest political seat in the land.
Theodore Roosevelt’s Achievements
Roosevelt can be credited for having created the modern presidency by establishing the office of the president as the central seat of power of the federal government.
His presidency was the first to involve itself in international politics, brokering the end of the Russo-Japanese War, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
During his lifetime, he wrote 35 books in between hunting and ranching and fulfilling his political duties. He was also an avid conservationist.
He set aside 150 National Forests, declared 51 Federal Bird Reserves and 5 National Parks, and overall placed 230 million acres of US soil under federal protection.
Roosevelt’s 5 Best Quotes
“To sit home, read one’s favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men’s doing.”
“I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.”
“Unless a man is master of his soul, all other kinds of mastery amount to little.”
“Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.”
“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.”
How to Get Theodore Roosevelt’s Mustache
Roosevelt’s mustache is a classic walrus mustache that was all the rage among the powerful and the learned during his time.
The walrus is characterized by thick and long whiskers that are grown full and bushy and allowed to fall over the mouth or curl upwards like handlebars, hence it’s other moniker, the handlebar mustache.
The first thing to remember if you want an easier time growing a walrus is to make sure that you have the hair for this style. The walrus works great for guys with thick, coarse facial hair.
Having a straight face also helps because this mustache will give your face a horizontal visual break that make short faces look even shorter.
A large, broad upper lip is also ideal to give the mustache the right proportion and fullness.
If you think you don’t have the right face for this, you can always go online for the best mustache styles that are more flattering for you.
Trimming and Styling
If you have all these things, all you need to do is let the mustache grow out to full thickness which may take you up to three weeks.
Trim as the beard starts draping over and down the upper lip just enough so that the bottom part of the mustache drapes over the upper part of the lip.
The way to trim your mustache is easy. Roosevelt lets about one inch of this beard grow past the corners of the lips, so you should trim all the way to the end of the ‘stache on both sides to keep things symmetrical.
Choose the best mustache combs online by looking at wooden combs with wide teeth to avoid snagging and to make styling easy.
Use quality beard oil such as those with jojoba and other natural oils to keep the beard hair and skin moisturized. If you want your mustache to keep its shape, use a mustache wax to style your handlebar stache.
The walrus mustache is surprisingly flexible when it comes to styling. You can turn the whiskers up or keep it easy to maintain by styling it down.
Prefer to use all natural ingredients? You can create your own DIY beard wax with beeswax and coconut oil.
Roosevelt epitomized the great American leader, a strewed military and political strategist who was also a distinguished writer and naturalist.
Follow the tips above to achieve your own version of his famous walrus mustache. Not every man can be president but at least you can look the part.
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