Hans Langseth

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Hans Langseth
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Hans Langseth c. 1912
Born(1846-07-14)July 14, 1846
DiedNovember 10, 1927(1927-11-10) (aged 81)
Wyndmere, Richland County, North Dakota, United States
Burial placeElk Creek Church Cemetery
Spouse(s)Anna Berntsen

Hans Nilson Langseth (July 14, 1846 – November 10, 1927) was a Norwegian-American who held the record for the world's longest beard.[1]

Langseth was born in Eidsvoll and emigrated to the United States in 1867. He married Anna Berntsen in 1870 and worked as a farmer in Elkton Township, Clay County, Minnesota. In his later life, he traveled around the United States as part of a freak show showing off his beard.[2]

Langseth died aged 81 in Wyndmere, North Dakota and is buried in Elk Creek Church Cemetery in Kensett, Iowa.[3] When he died, his beard measured 5.33 meters (17.5 ft).[4] It was donated to the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution in 1967.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Longest beard – male". Guinness World Records. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  2. ^ Parker, Mike (1983). The World's Most Fantastic Freaks. London: Octopus Publishing Group. p. 96.
  3. ^ "Longest Whiskers". The Greene Recorder. November 23, 1927. p. 7. Retrieved January 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ Glendrange, Sølvi (November 12, 2003). "Rekord for rekordbok". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Labrador CMS.
  5. ^ Warren, Michael W.; Walsh-Haney, Heather A.; Freas, Laurel (May 9, 2008). "History and Collections of the Division of Physical Anthropology". In Hunt, David R. (ed.). The Forensic Anthropology Laboratory. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. p. 155.
  6. ^ "Are beards good for your health?". BBC News. January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.

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