Presidential Extramarital Affairs
With President’s Day soon approaching Americans begin to remember past Presidents and all the good, or bad, they did. Some Presidents in our country’s history, believe it or not, engaged in extramarital affairs!
Here is the list of all the former Presidents who were known to have had affairs.
1. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
Thomas Jefferson was a Virginia nobleman. Apparently he was against slavery despite having slaves of his own on his plantation at Monticello. Sally Hemings is the name of a slave who Jefferson met in Paris. She was light skinned and could pass as a tanned white person. Not only was Jefferson engaging in an affair with Hemings but as a result of that affair Jefferson fathered five of her children. Upon Jefferson’s death, his will stated that Hemings and her children were to be freed.
2. Warren Harding (1921-1923)
Warren Harding was only President for three years. His term was cut short by death. Official records claim that harding died of a heart attack. Some people believe however, Warren Harding’s wife poisoned him. Why would sweet Mrs. Harding do such a thing? Well, because Mr. Harding may not have been the most faithful husband. He allegedly had affairs with at least two women. One of the alleged mistresses was Nan Britton, who claimed to have given birth to Harding’s daughter Elizabeth Ann. The second long time affair Harding had was with a woman by the name of Carrie Fulton Phillips. When Harding received the nomination for candidacy for President from the Republican party, she threatened to come forward and reveal the affair if she was not compensated. The Republican National Committee paid her $50,000 to avoid a scandal.
3. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
Even with all the good FDR did, there were some skeletons in his closet. His marriage with Eleanor Roosevelt had its own problems to begin with. Everyone knows about Mrs. Roosevelt’s true desires. The true love of President Roosevelt’s life was a woman by the name of Lucy Mercer. Eleanor discovered the affair when she found love letters from Mercer to the President. After she threatened divorce, he promised never to see her again. Of course every chance he got he would see her. In fact Mercer was beside him while on his death bed. True love I guess.
4. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
Good old Ike! Dwight D Eisenhower had a lot on his plate during his presidency. You know things can get stressful when there is a war going on. When he was overseas checking in on the status of the war, he fell for his young and attractive personal driver Kay Summersby. Summersby really brightened Ike’s mood. She was a former model from Great Britain. She revealed the affair in a book titled, Past Forgetting: My Love Affair with Dwight D. Eisenhower. The truth always seems to be revealed in a book.
6. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)
It’s no secret that John F. Kennedy had his fair share of extramarital encounters. JFK was the prime example of how even great leaders in the political realm can have their flaws. Kennedy most certainly did incredible things for this country including preventing a war with Russia. Who knows how many women there were but the word is, countless. He slept with White House workers, gangster’s wives (not smart), staff reporters, movie stars, and goodness knows who else. One notable entertainer JFK was involved with was Marilyn Monroe. John F. Kennedy was a great president, but not the greatest monogamist.
7. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)
I spoke to my father recently about Lyndon Johnson and he had three simple words for me, “dirty old man.” It was said that President Johnson was always hitting on women and treated them very disrespectfully. He did keep his extramarital affairs a lot more discreet than his predecessor, JFK, however it was known by many. One of his many partners was a woman named Madeline Brown. In 1950 Brown became pregnant with Johnson’s son Steven. He was at least nice enough to take care of her and the child before and after his birth. The affair lasted 21 years.
8. Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
That brings us to President Bill Clinton. President Clinton went through probably the most publicized sex scandal in history. The affairs began when Clinton was Governor of Arkansas. Arkansas troopers assigned to guard then Governor Clinton recall seeing him in “delicate situations” with several different women. The most famous instance was his encounter with 21-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The worst thing to come out of this for Clinton was the dress. He went on record and declared “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” That blue dress proved otherwise. Despite his infidelity, his wife Hillary Clinton stayed loyal to him.
Now that you’ve heard about some of the Presidential unfaithfuls, what is your opinion? Does a President who has had an affair make him a bad leader? Let us know in the comments section below.