Today's Movember feature is a regal moustache with a regal owner: Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (20 April 1808 – 9 January 1873), first President of the French Republic and then, as Napoleon III, the ruler of the Second French Empire. Napoleon III was also the nephew and heir of Napoleon Bonaparte (yes, that Napoleon).
Interestingly, while Napoleon III wasn't off fighting the Crimean War or redesigning Paris with Baron Haussman, the leader of France took an interest in a young priest named Edward Sorin and the school he was busy founding in northwest Indiana - so much so, in fact, that he became a benefactor of the University of Notre Dame.
The University Archives still maintains vestments, a monstrance, and a crucifix that Napoleon III gave Sorin. Napoleon III also gave Notre Dame a massive jeweled crown, which rests on display in Notre Dame's Main Building. Napoleon Boulevard, one of the streets in the neighborhood south of campus (then known as "Sorinville") is named in for Napoleon III.
Napoleon's arguably most important gift to Notre Dame is the eponymous "Napoleon Telescope," a major scientific advancement for the young university's science department.
For the purposes of this blog post, however, Napoleon's greatest contribution could be this engraving featuring one of the most imperial moustaches of all time.
Speaking of imperial moustaches, you can donate now at Movember to support the moustachioed Notre Dame hockey team.
Our Movember stories
Happy 170th Birthday, Notre Dame (featuring Father Sorin's moustache/beard)
Movember: Onward to Victory (Lars Rockne, father of Knute Rockne)
Movember: Football Saturday edition (The 1896 Football team)
Introducing Movember: Follicular Fortitude (Tom Carroll, former assistant hockey coach)
About our Movember stories
Here at The Daily Domer, we enjoy combining our creative powers for the common good. With so many talented teachers, staff, students and alumni doing excellent work on campus and around the globe, it’s fun to put all that genius talent together for Notre Dame.
When we heard that the Fighting Irish hockey team is participating in Movember, an initiative in which men grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, we knew this was a prime opportunity to combine brainpower and facial hair for a good cause.
So we visited our wonderful friends at the Notre Dame Archives with a crazy idea. In support of the Notre Dame hockey team, we wanted to feature some of the fantastic facial hair from Notre Dame’s history. It turns out Notre Dame’s photo archives are veritable ‘stache stash.