Joshua Speed married Fanny Hennings on February 15, 1842. He and Lincoln seem to have consulted each other about married life. Despite having some political differences over slavery they corresponded for the rest of their lives, and Lincoln appointed Joshua's brother, James Speed, to his cabinet as Attorney General.
When considering the controversial matter of whether Abraham Lincoln was “gay,” that second question is the right one to ask. friendships with men—especially Joshua Speed, with whom a Author: J. Bryan Lowder.
Joshua Wolf Shenk, Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled his Greatness (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), 34–36, gives sustained attention to questions about Lincoln's relationship with Joshua Speed but does not mention Derickson.Author: Martin P. Johnson.
Carol Lloyd, in Salon (5-3-99): [Editor's Note: In 1999 Larry Kramer, the AIDS activist and writer, claimed to have come into the possession of a secret diary by Joshua Speed that proved that.