Queer Places:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Hingham Cemetery, 12 South St, Hingham, MA 02043

Dr. Martin Gay (February 11, 1803 – January 12, 1850) was a distinguished chemist in Boston. He was the son of Ebenezer Gay (1771-1842) and Mary Allyne Otis (1780-1866). In the fall of 1819 at Harvard a young Ralph Waldo Emerson found himself strangely and powerfully attracted by Gay, a new freshman, at whom he found himself looking and looking, and Gay, it would seem, looking back. The day before his death, in conversation with a friend, Gay attributed his disease to poison, contracted from handling the remains, at the Harvard Medical College, believed to be those of the late Dr. Parkman. Gay is buried at Hingham Cemetery.


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  1. The Crimson Letter: Harvard, Homosexuality, and the Shaping of American Culture, Douglass Shand-Tucci St. Martin's Press, Jun 1, 2004 - History - 416 pages