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Bosom FriendsThe Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King$
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Thomas J. Balcerski

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190914592

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190914592.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

Preserving

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(p.199) Epilogue
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Bosom Friends
Author(s):

Thomas J. Balcerski

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190914592.003.0009

The epilogue reviews the careful efforts of Harriet Lane Johnston and Catherine Ellis to preserve the vast correspondence of their respective uncles. It also notes the ways in which each man has been memorialized by later generations. From there, the epilogue returns to the popular understanding of their relationship and compares it to other notable same-sex friendships in subsequent generations, including the noted “bromance” of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. It concludes that the pair of Buchanan and King may be the most significant “bromosexual friendship” in American political history.

Keywords:   James Buchanan, William Rufus King, Harriet Lane Johnston, Catherine Margaret Ellis, bromance, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, bromosexual friendship

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