Colonial Governor Lord Cornbury liked to dress as a woman
New Jersey, ever the leader in all things gay, queer or trans, has had not one but two queer governors. Remembered today only by historians and lovers of ancient scandal, our very first governor, Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, was evidently trans. Known during his pre-revolutionary time in America as Lord Cornbury (not yet having inherited the earldom) he was, on the basis of all the surviving evidence, also the very worst governor New Jersey ever had. First, a little background.