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November 9, by Frances Hunter. And outside of the arts, most of those contributions were made by people who had to hide their homosexuality. In his recent biography of Alexander Hamiltonfor example, Ron Chernow unearthed long-suppressed love letters between Hamilton and his boyfriend, John Laurenswhen they were young men during the Revolution. Later in his life, Hamilton was married and had affairs with both men and women.
Of more dubious value was C. Same-sex bed sharing was common on the frontier in those days; so were intense romantic friendships. This actually freed people to have close friendships in a way that we have not had since sex began to come out into the open around the time of the Depression. Besides, in later years Lincoln often publicly introduced Speed as the man he used to sleep with, which he hardly would have done if he were worried about any scandal. Some gay historians have also turned their attention to Meriwether Lewis. Lewis had certain traits that we think of today as being stereotypically gay.
And one day on the Expedition, Were lewis and clark gay the Corps of Discovery was pulverized by a hail storm, Captain Lewis gathered up some of the hail stones and made punch. Meriwether Lewis in tippet he received from Cameahwait -- you be the judge. More substantively, Lewis was never married and was notably unsuccessful with women. Something about his personality sent women screaming in the other direction.
Many gays have experienced the haunting loneliness that comes with the certain knowledge of social ostracism if their proclivities became known. Well, maybe.
Lots of people with his personality type and problems are. Maybe he came on too strong. Maybe no woman could measure up to his mother. Maybe stories about his drinking and carousing got around. Or maybe Lewis was just clueless. Pierre L'Enfant showing Washington the plans for the capital city. Unless more papers are found that might shed some light on this topic, all we can do is wonder about this piece of the very complex puzzle that was Meriwether Lewis. Check out The General and the Plan and be prepared to spend the afternoon!
Was Lincoln Gay? Posted in Meriwether LewisSexuality 49 Comments. On March 19,Lewis writes of the women of the Northwest coast and this after almost two years out :.
Goodrich and McNeal are both very unwell with the pox which they contracted last winter with the Chinnook women…. I felt so perfectly satisfyed that he had returned in safety that I thought but little of the horses [which Drouillard was unable to find] although they wre seven Were lewis and clark gay the best I had.
Great comments, Daniel. But your points are good that Lewis definitely had some issues with women as did, for that matter, his mentor Thomas Jefferson. There is a real contrast between Lewis and Clark on the more earthy side of sexuality.
Clark is frank sometimes extremely frankoften seems to get a chuckle out of human relations, and seems to view women as human beings not so different from himself. Yes, but two points. He seems to indicate that Hamilton and Laurens and ultimately, the Marquis de LaFayette as well were very close and extremely fond of each other.
He certainly saw a lot more than pre-teen eyes should see. Do you have another source or two to which you could point me? I recall being convinced after reading the book that Hamilton was an active, rather than unrequited, bisexual. So where did I read this? Maybe it was in one of them. Now this is going to drive me crazy! I had neglected to consider that. If you happen to come across something sometime, it would just be great to have another reference. I spent more time trying to track down an obscure fact which I never did find than I did writing the piece to which it belonged.
Go figure…. Frederick Bates had some prancing issues of his own which might have dampened any enthusiasm for dissing Meriwether Lewis on that score.
Of course he was feeling anxiety because of George missing for days. Lewis needed him to perform language and he was one of the best hunters. As for having disgust for the coastal Indian women, I would not doubt that he felt they were unclean. People can go without sex for several years without going bananas. I think he had a problem with relationships for whatever reasons. He had a adventuresome spirit, maybe he could not find a wife that wanted to roam like he did. Lewis was one of the greatest Americans that ever lived. I agree that he was just worried about his elite hunter and good friend.
For the record, though, if a cache of letters is discovered that provides evidence that Lewis was homosexual, he would be just as much of a hero to me as he is without that evidence. Several of his letters where he speaks about women are included in this chapter. As a person who grew up in New York City where every type of persuasion was a common occurrence, there is no doubt in my mind that Lewis was heterosexual.
I am a big Meriwether Lewis fan. I have been studying his life for over 15 years. I have had the honors of visiting his birth place in Virginia, and went to the Natchez Trace Parkway back in October when they had the ceremony honoring him. I drove all night to get there. I would drive to the ends of the earth to see the places where he traveled. Last week, I was in Georgia around the area that he lived in when he was. I understand Lewis, real well. I am something of a loner, and I suffered from depression after my husbands died. Both of them. So I know what depression can be like.
Three years ago, my daughter and I rented a car and went to many places where the Corp of Discovery went. She told me she Were lewis and clark gay more history from me than in school. We only got as far as Idaho because we ran out of time and had to head back home. Next year, when my girl graduates from high school, I plan on going again. I nevernever get tired of reading the journals. And what a writer he was!!!
I got to meet some of his relatives back in October, what a great day that was for me!! Like a dream come true. Every time I think I have read every thing about him, something else pops up, and I have something else to put in my scrap book.
LOL he was something else. I wish that he could have found the perfect wife. Bless his heart. Thanks so much — it just means everything to know that you read the book and enjoyed it so much. I would be interested to know what you think about the way Lewis is portrayed in the new book The Fairest Portion of the Globe.
It was fun to write about Were lewis and clark gay when he was younger and full of hell, in happier times. Mary and I this is Liz sort of informally divide up the characters as we write. Mary could readily identify with Lewis as the driven and perfectionistic person. I am sorry to hear about your husbands and the rough time with depression.
For about five years there, while we were writing these books, we had a series of family problems that was just awful. What a wonderful alternate history it would have been if Lewis had found a great wife. I wish he could have married into the Clark family. To me, that would have been perfect. I was watching tv when I typed this. All the reviews were great. I would buy a copy of any book that had Lewis in it.
Oh boyoh boyoh boy. I loved reading about him too. Thank you for writing the book. Well got to go get my book and get to reading and hiking. Sometimes I like to think to think that if Lewis had gotten married, he would have had a son and would have named him William. He would have named a daughter Lucinda or Lucy after his mom. Have a nice week end. Hi, Michelle, if you have any trouble finding a copy, the book is available on Amazon and also directly from us check out the Buy tab on this website. I am not sure tho if he was purely heterosexual his hatred of the naked woman comes from somewhere.
But for a woman back in that day to run off in the middle of the night to avoid him He had to have some serious issues of some sort.
All of these guys are so VERY interesting. And to Michelle the traveler what great journeys!! I hope they are successful!!! For anyone out there that loves thier History I highly recommend the findagrave. I am a volunteer picture taker for the site as are ALOT of other great americans around the globe. If there is a burial site u are looking for in another state and you cant get there you can put in a request for a volunteer to get a picture of it for you and its posted….
Glad to see that there is still some interest in one of our favorite subjects, Meriwether Lewis.
So before we all leap into some bandwagon, think about if you actually have enough documentation to make some sort of ridiculous claim…. On another front, there is a new ML book coming out in January … I wil keep everyone posted…. HI Kandis! I like Find a Grave also. As a matter of fact, I have left several memorial flowers to Lewis on that site. I am still not tired of him. Maybe he came on too strong to her.
I have ran away from some men in my time for coming on too strong. She wants to stay at home this time. LOl I drove her nuts talking about Lewis. I finally got a copy of Fairest Portion of the Globe. I take it with me when I go hiking in the mountains of N.Were lewis and clark gay
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