elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,
elisa_rolle
elisa_rolle

James Buchanan & William R. King

William Rufus deVane King was US Senator from Alabama (1819-1844, 1848-1853) and Vice President of the United States (1853) under Franklin Pierce. Believed to be the lover of President James BUCHANAN, King was referred to as "Miss Nancy" by Andrew Jackson and others in Washington. (Picture: Portrait of King, painted by George Cooke in 1839)

King was close friends with James Buchanan (April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868), and the two had shared a house in Washington, D.C. for 15 years during their Congressional tenures and Buchanan wrote of his "communion" with King. After King left for France, in 1844 Buchanan wrote:
"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." (P: ©George Peter Alexander Healy (1818–1894)/Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. James Buchanan, 1859 (©4))
Source: Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals by Keith Stern

Further Readings:

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher



This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3553984.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.
Tags: days of love, leader: william r. king
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for friends only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments