This week in the Civil War for June 23, 1863

Valentine Tapley

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During Abraham Lincoln‘s campaign for the presidency, a Missouri Democrat named Valentine Tapley from Pike County, Missouri, swore that he would never shave again if Abe were elected.

Tapley kept his word and kept his beard growing from November 1860 until he died in 1910, attaining a length of twelve feet, six inches.

- See more at: http://www.stlouiscores.com/blog/2011/01/19/who-was-valentine-tapley-and-why-did-he-have-a-12-foot-beard/#sthash.6Bg1fSWN.dpuf
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