Thursday, May 08, 2008

Martin Van Buren, Transvestite!

Well, I've introduced you to Martin Van Buren, Pervert. Now meet Martin Van Buren, Transvestite:
Davy Crockett, the Whigs' own Tennessee leatherstocking, served up jucier meat. He wrote (or had ghost-written) a campaign biography depicting "little Van" as a fop. Van Buren, it said, turned up his nose at the common people he presumed to lead, rode about in a carriage with servants in uniform ("I think they call it livery"), dressed like a lord, and (here's the kicker) "is laced up in corsets, such as women in town wear. . . . It would be difficult to say, from his personal appearance, whether he was a man or woman, but for his large red and gray whiskers."

Walter A. McDougall, Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era 1829-1877, at 91-92.

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