Was James Buchanan gay?
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Historians often view James Buchanan as the worst President in American history. However, another question often centers on Buchanan: was he gay?
In fact, many today believe he was the first and only gay American President. We DO know he was the only President not to get married. He was once engaged, but there is no evidence he ever had a sexual relationship with any woman. We also know that he had a very intimate relationship with William Rufus King, a U.S. Senator from Alabama and later Vice President. They lived together for 13 years. And while Buchanan did write this (point) when they spent some time away from each other (“I am now ‘solitary and alone,’ having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone; and should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners for me when I am well, and not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection.”)
there is no evidence whatsoever that the two ever had a sexual relationship. Now, maybe that’s because both Buchanan’s and King’s relatives probably destroyed correspondence between the two?
One important point to remember is that when Buchanan was alive, our modern classification of sexual orientations didn’t really exist.
But most of the experts agree- there is not enough evidence to prove that Buchanan was gay, or bisexual, or pansexual, or asexual, or heterosexual for that matter.
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