Sideburns, the strip of facial hair that connects the hair at the top of your ears to the base of your jaw, is a unique form of facial hair that has a massive amount of history behind it. Also known as sideboards or even side whiskers, this form of facial hair has braved the world of facial hair styles for almost one hundred and forty years and many more to come.
It was the fateful year of 1861 when the United States split into two in what was to become a massive and bloody civil war. A simple Unioner from the state of Rhode Island, Ambrose Burnside, took the position of General inside of the Union Army and would leave his mark on the world in a rather strange matter. When the average man would look to Burnside, their eyes would be greeted by his unique facial hair style. His hair spread from the top of his ears, curving down his head while still hugging the sides of his face. The two sides came together above his mouth to finish this iconic style which was soon named after him as sideburns.
Ambrose wasn’t alone in the sideburns hall of fame as many other historic and modern figures have been seen with sideburns. Elvis Presley himself sported his own form of sideburns across his life. Many others such as Ian Kilmister, better known as Lemmy in the band Motörhead, Eliot Gould, and even Wilhelm the First, Kaiser of Germany, have all worn sideburns throughout the generations. In the modern day, sideburns can be seen from time to time but are far less popular now than back in the Napoleonic era. Although some say that they are going extinct in the world today, sideburns are worn proudly across the country, and perhaps even in your own school.