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Paul Ryan has a beard. Will he ever win another election?

Paul Ryan has a beard. Will he ever win another election?

Cognizant of history and perhaps eager to stake his place in it, recently installed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan sensed an opportunity upon returning to work on Capitol Hill this week unshaven.

Ryan, a 45-year-old Wisconsin Republican who was his party's fresh-faced vice presidential candidate three years ago, mused on social media whether he was the first speaker in a century to sport a beard.

Turns out, according to the House historian, it had been only 90 years since Rep. Frederick Huntington Gillett (honest, that's his name) of Massachusetts and his whiskers served in the role.

But that's still quite a stretch, long enough to make one wonder at least momentarily...

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