Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5:00:45 PM
"James Buchanan is only called gay because he didn't have a wife...I don`t think that instantly warrants someone as a homosexual but whatevs."
James Buchanan had a male companion with whom he shared a bed. So, yes, that does, in fact, make him gay, considering that sleeping with another man is what "gay" is.
Buchanan’s long-time living companion, William Rufus King, was referred to by critics as his “better half,” ‘’his wife,” and “Aunt Fancy.” Around Washington, the pair were known as the “Siamese twins,” slang at the time for gays and lesbians. Senator King was called “Miss Nancy” by Andrew Jackson, “Mrs. James Buchanan” by James K. Polk’s law partner, and “Buchanan’s better half” and “Aunt Fancy” by others. Senator King was noted for his “fastidious habits and conspicuous intimacy with bachelor Buchanan.”
Hayes's election depended upon contested electoral votes in Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida. If all the disputed electoral votes went to Hayes, he would win; a single one would elect Tilden....The final electoral vote: 185 to 184.