Ryan growing Speaker's first beard in 90 years
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE’s facial hair is making history.

The Wisconsin Republican is the first Speaker in nearly a century to sport a beard, or the beginnings of one, on the job.

Ryan, who has appeared clean-shaven for the majority of his public political life, popped the follicle-focused trivia question (complete with a photo showing some freshly grown facial fuzz) to the House’s History, Art, & Archives via Twitter on Monday:

Frederick Gillett, a Massachusetts Republican, was Speaker for six years beginning in 1919, while the white bearded Joseph Cannon (R-Ill.) served in the role from 1903 to 1911.

ITK reached out to the American Mustache Institute’s Aaron Perlut about the 45-year-old lawmaker’s historic beard, who told us: "Mr. Ryan has often waved a big stick in discussing America's lack of 'leadership.' And clearly, his newly minted facial forestry unit sends a stark, sexually dynamic signal to the Mustached American community that he is serious about leading and we're willing to listen."