The 13th Vice President of the United States remains obscure. Where King’s name does come up, it’s often with the wrong picture. Or he’s confused with Rufus King. According to our guest, Thomas Balcerski, Associate Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University, he should be in the discussion with Clay and Calhoun and Webster and others in early American politics. Especially, as we discuss, for his role in the Compromise of 1850 which was essential. Because King most often comes up in modern times around speculation of whether he was the nation’s first gay President, we talk about any evidence for that, and his relationship with James Buchanan.
Balcerski is author of Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King (Oxford University Press, 2019). https://www.amazon.com/Bosom-Friends-Intimate-Buchanan-William/dp/0190914599
We get into the Presidential Ratings Game too.