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Bosom friends : the intimate world of James Buchanan and William Rufus King / Thomas J. Balcerski.

Author/Creator:
Balcerski, Thomas J., author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
x, 337 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868.
King, William R. (William Rufus), 1786-1853.
Male friendship -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1815-1861.
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868.
King, William R. (William Rufus), 1786-1853.
Legislators.
Male friendship.
Politics and government.
Presidents.
United States.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
History.
Summary:
"Politicians James Buchanan (1791-1868) of Pennsylvania and William Rufus King (1786-1853) of Alabama has excited much speculation through the years. Why did they never 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 American political history. Unlikely companions from the start, they lived together as messmates in a Washington, DC, boardinghouse. There developed a bosom friendship that blossomed into a significant political partnership. Before the Civil War, each man was elected to high executive office, William Rufus King the vice-presidency in 1852 and James Buchanan as the nation's fifteen president in 1856. This book offers a dual biography of James Buchanan and William Rufus King. Special attention is given to their early lives prior to elected office, the circumstances of their boardinghouse friendship, and the juicy political gossip that has circulated about them ever since. In addition, the author traces their many contributions to the Jacksonian political agenda, manifest destiny, and the debates over slavery, while finding their style of politics to have been disastrous for the American nation. Ultimately, Bosom Friends demonstrates that intimate male friendships among politicians were, and continue to be, an important part of success in American politics"-- Provided by publisher.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Balcerski, Thomas J. Bosom friends.
ISBN:
9780190914592
0190914599
OCLC:
1082295952
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