Hans Nilsen Langseth
14th July 1846 - 10th November 1927
Longest Beard Ever!
See film footage of Hans and Zachariah Wilcox by clicking the picture below...
Hans at a sales convention in Chicago
Hans about to use his beard as a skipping rope c1920's
Hans meeting Zach Wilcox
Hans and Zach Wilcox at the Sacramento Days of '49 Celebrations in 1922
Hans and his son Oscar outside their house in Barney, North Dakota
Hans aged 66
Origianal Caption of above picture:
Hans N. Langseth of Fargo, N.D., was the honored guest at the days of '49 celebration in
Sacramento, having the longest whiskers on record. His beard measures 14 feet, 4 inches. A
couple of the '49ers on the women's reception committee accompanied the wearer of the
record beard to keep the crowd from walking on the braided "Zits."
May 29th 1922
Pictured above are J. Lawrence Angel (Curator of Physical Anthropology, 1962-1986,) T. Dale Stewart
(Curator of Physical Anthropology, 1931-1997, Director of the National Museum of Natural History, 1962-1965),
and Lucile St. Hoyme, who is “wearing” the beard of Hans Langseth. The beard, which was donated to the
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in 1967 by Russell Langseth, continues to hold a world
record for its extraordinary length and is available for viewing by appointment at the museum’s Department
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