Oil and acrylic on canvas
©Tina Mion 2000
James Buchanan was our only bachelor President, and
may well have been our first gay President. According to popular mythology
of his day, James was engaged to Anne Coleman. Anne committed suicide
after a mysterious argument with James. Brokenhearted, he never dated
again. In fact, James lived with a man whose last name was King (note
the card in his pocket) for 20 years. A popular card game for children,
Old Maid leaves the one holding the Old Maid card as the loser. I thought
it would be fun to do a spin on the game by making our only bachelor President
the Old Maid.
James was hardly a loser. He was a U.S. Representative,
minister to Russia, minister to Great Britain, U.S. Senator, Secretary
of State, and President.
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