A man was attacked for having a beard in 1830, then imprisoned for defending himself. He died in 1873, by which time beards were fashionable. His tombstone reads, “Persecuted for wearing the beard.”

Joseph Palmer (communard) For other people named Joseph Palmer, see Joseph Palmer (disambiguation). Joseph Palmer, published in 1915 Joseph Palmer (1791–1873) was a member of the Fruitlands commune and an associate of Louisa May Alcott and other Transcendentalists. Life A farmer from Notown, a village on the outskirts of Leominster, Massachusetts, Palmer was a veteran …

A man was attacked for having a beard in 1830, then imprisoned for defending himself. He died in 1873, by which time beards were fashionable. His tombstone reads, “Persecuted for wearing the beard.” Read More »