William Rufus King: First gay U.S. vice president?

National Gay History Project 2011

North Carolina’s William Rufus DeVane King, the 13th United States vice president, has the distinction of having served in that office for less time than any other vice president. He died of tuberculosis on April 18, 1853, just 25 days after being sworn into office on March 24, 1853. Other historians have speculated that King holds yet another distinction — the likely status of being the first gay U.S. vice president and possibly one of the first gay members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.