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Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King

Thomas J. Balcerski

Abstract

The friendship of the bachelor politicians James Buchanan (1791–1868) of Pennsylvania and William Rufus King (1786–1853) of Alabama has excited much speculation through the years. Why did neither one ever marry? Might they have been gay, or was their relationship a nineteenth-century version of the modern-day “bromance”? Then, as now, they have intrigued by the many mysteries surrounding them. In Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King, Thomas Balcerski explores the lives of these two politicians and discovers one of the most significant collaborations in Ame ... More

Keywords: James Buchanan, William Rufus King, boardinghouse, intimacy, politics, antebellum, friendship, Democratic Party, Civil War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190914592
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190914592.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas J. Balcerski, author
Assistant Professor of History, Eastern Connecticut State University