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Edward McCosker
(around 1846) U.S.A.

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NY policeman

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In 1846, Edward McCosker was dismissed from the New York City Police Department for making "indecent" advances to other men while on duty (he was accused of touching a man's private parts).

In the policeman's defense, a colleague, Francis Donnelly, stated that he "had been in the habit of sleeping with said McCosker for the last three months, and that said McCosker never to deponent's knowledge acted indecent or indelicate."

The McCosker story is also illuminating because it offers still more evidence that bed sharing between men did not necessarily have any sexual connotations.

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