There are theories (hence the "Log Cabin" Republicans) but a lot of Lincoln's behavior that strikes us as odd or gay was considered perfectly normal back in his day. Lawyers traveled a circuit (the origin of "circuit court") and went from town to town where they would stay a while, try all the cases that needed to be tried, then moved on to the next town. It was common for these men to share rooms and beds. This was before central heating. Sharing a bed with another man wasn't gay. It was economical and warm. OK, it was weird typing that but that's what they did. Their style of writing, the way they often referred to each other, it does not sound natural to our ears but it is the way they spoke and the way they wrote. This was a time before smart phones, computers, tvs, even radios. One of the reasons Lincoln was so popular was that he was a gifted storyteller. He was amusing. He would entertain the other men on the circuit with his stories like a modern business traveler might watch tv or surf the web. Men became very close. You can't pick up a phone and call your wife or kids. You become very close to the people around you. Not necessarily sexually close, like brothers close. That kind of relationship became very important, especially when you were away from family or when family was away from you. Otherwise, existence could be painfully lonely. So it may strike us as odd but it wasn't back then. When my own grandfather first emigrated to the US, he lived in a tenement with lots of other men and shared a bed with some of them. They slept sideways on the bed so as to fit better. And this was in the 1920s. Even when I was a kid, it wasn't uncommon for siblings to share a room and even a bed if you came from a large family. Now kids all want their own bed, own room, and own bathroom. Was Lincoln gay? I strongly doubt it. It's not an insane suggestion, but I still strongly doubt it. Alex.