Saturday, December 20, 2008

John Randolph had Klinefelter's syndrome?   posted by Razib @ 12/20/2008 11:37:00 AM

Just a weird historical-genetic note, the radical decentralist Republican John Randolph likely suffered from Klinefelter's syndrome (XXY as opposed to XY). In What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 the author claims that Randolph's rumored anatomical peculiarities were confirmed postmortem. I only make note of this because it seems strange to me (I don't know why) that the paleoconservative John Randolph Club would be named after a childless eccentric who was likely genetically abnormal. Then again, it also struck me as peculiar that a conservative Christian college based out of Manhattan would name some of its fraternities and sororities after avowed freethinkers.