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#4: Sideburns

Ambrose Burnside was a Civil War general (Union Army) with impressive facial hair.

After he appeared in parades in Washington, DC, his long bushy side-whiskers became fashionable.

Those whiskers were first known as burnsides; the word later grew into sideburns.

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