ok, so, we’ve got young charles sumner with his fabulous hair…
and then Sumner still rocking the cute hair… no problems… he’s got this
ok, now, he’s getting older… things are happening… his hair is still glorious
AND THEN WHAT
AND THEN THE SIDEBURNS REALLY STARTED COMING IN
AND THEN HE JUST LOST IT
AND THEN IT GOT BETTER
I have never seen that last one holy bejeezus he looks like a muppet
Charles Sumner’s sixth portrait (from the top; fifth from the bottom) shows the effects of his near-death experience from being beaten with a cane in the U.S. Senate. See Wikipedia biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Sumner
"In 1856, a South Carolina Congressman, Preston Brooks, nearly killed Sumner on the Senate floor two days after Sumner delivered an intensely anti-slavery speech… .” This incident illustrates the strong political feelings that led to the Civil War, and no doubt the beating affected Sumner’s personal appearance––and possibly his attitude toward it. You can see from this particular photo that his eyes are no longer the same.
Still, no matter how antislavery he was, he apparently continued to be pro-sideburns throughout his career!