The 19th Century German composer is known for dramatic masterworks such as The Ring of the Nibelung -- and his neckbeard was every bit as epic as his music. In this painting, it looks like an animal pelt repurposed as a chin strap. So luxuriant!Number 9: Peter Cooper
The Wikipedia page for Cooper (1791-1883) lists him as an "American industrialist, inventor, philanthropist and candidate for President of the United States" -- and it's shocking to believe a majority of voters in this great nation didn't want a guy with facial hair like this to lead them. His beard's so bushy that it would probably have worked as a safety device -- like an air bag for the face.Continue to keep counting down our picks for the ten best neckbeards in history.