1813 Navy hero honored with sideburns
ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA- A contest involving lots of facial hair paid tribute to a naval hero of The War of 1812 who defeated a British force of ships on Lake Erie. Dave Baxter of Lake City, Pa. grew his sideburns most like those of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry was known for his facial hair in what is now known as mutton-chop sideburns. Baxter says he researched images of Perry to try and match the hero who commanded a nine-ship American flotilla to victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. Portraits suggest Perry wore long sideburns that extended toward his mouth and were very bushy. Baxter beat out 19 others in the contest. One had to drop out because he recently got a job where he was required to shave.