Twelve People in History You Didn’t Know Were Redheads

By | September 4, 2018

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Ed Sheeran embraces his gingerness, but we bet you didn’t know just how many historical redheads there have been. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Apple Music)

Some natural gingers, like Ed Sheeran, Prince Harry, Lindsay Lohan, and Donald Trump, have used the power of their red hair to add to their appeal and to draw attention to themselves. After all, redheads are a rarity. Less than 2% of the global population is true gingers, and that number is on a decline. Gingers have been making their mark on history since the dawn of time, but we may not be aware of the natural hair color of some of history’s greats. Here are twelve people you probably didn’t know were redheads. 

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Samuel Clemens, Also Known as Mark Twain

The great American novelist and author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Samuel Clemens, whose pen name was Mark Twain, is often remembered from photographs that were taken when he was an older, white-haired man. But in his youth, Clemens was a ginger. Clemens was born just 26 years after Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution was gaining momentum during Clemens’ lifetime. This is perhaps why Samuel Clemens once quipped, “While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.”