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27 April 2008

Emma Becker (184? - ?) cook.

A native of Germany, Becker was teased about his high voice and accused of being a cross-dressed woman. Taking the hint Becker became Emma and migrated to the United States. For many years Emma was cook to Theodore Roosevelt, US President 1901-9.

In September 1904 she drank to the point of unconsciousness in a bar and was taken to a police station where an investigation revealed that she was male-bodied. She was sentenced to four months in jail.
  • Magnus Hirschfeld translated from the German by Michael A. Lombardi-Nash. Transvestites: The Erotic Drive to Cross-Dress Prometheus Books. 1991: 322.

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