Not all Presidents have had upstanding marriages even though they always wanted and hoped the American public would believe so. There are some that have had illicit affairs and strayed from their marriages both prior to and during their time in office.
Thomas Jefferson, President from 1801-1809, the impartial noblemen from Virginia who supposedly was against slavery, but still owned a large group of slaves on his plantation at Monticello, was quite attracted to one of them in particular. Sally Hemings, a slave he met in Paris and returned with him to Monticello, was a very light skinned black slave and could actually pass for a tanned white person. They had five children together from the affair, but only one them survived to adult hood. As children, they all passed as white people in the community with little trouble. When Jefferson died, he had clearly stated in his will that Hemings and the children be freed from slavery. They were freed, and the one surviving child, a son named Madison, looked very much like Jefferson himself. .
Warren Harding, who was President from 1921-1923, is remembered as one of the most inept Presidents in United States history. He was so indiscreet concerning his extramartial affairs that it is believed that his wife poisoned him while he was still in office, although official records state he died of a heart attack.
Harding had long affairs with at least two different women. One was Nan Britton, who claims to have given birth to his daughter, Elizabeth Ann, in a book that she wrote in 1927. Historians feel that the claim by Britton is true. The other long affair was with Carrie Fulton Phillips, the wife of a department store owner in Ohio. Once Harding was Nominated for President by the Rebublican party, Phillips threatened to come forward if she wasn't paid for her silence. With the fear of an imense scandal prior to the election, the Rebublican National Committee paid her $50,000, an enormus amount at the time, and shipped her and her family off to Japan. She also received monthly payments after the original $50,000 as well, making her the first and only person to ever successfully extort money from the Rebublican party.
Even though they were strictly rumors for many years, Harding wrote poetry letters to Phillips during the illicit affair with her. In 1968, those letters were brought forward and the rumors no more. Here is and excerpt. "I love you more than all the world. Possession wholly imploring. Mid passion I am oftimes whirled, oftimes admire-adoring. Oh God! If fate would only give Us privilege to love and live!"
Franklin D. Roosevelt was President from 1933-1945. Contrary to popular belief, Eleanor was not the love of his life. Lucy Mercer, Eleanor's social secretary at one point. Lucy was a tall and beautiful young women with thick blonde hair. Eleanor discovered the affair when she found some love letters that Lucy had sent to her husband. She confronted her husband with the letters and told him that she wanted a divorce. FDR in no way wanted to sacrifice his political standing or career with a divorce, so he promised Eleanor that he would never see Lucy Mercer again. Unknown to Eleanor though, whenever he was in the Washington D.C. area, FDR continued to see Mercer on the sly. Lucy Mercer was with him when he died, almost 30 years after the affair was started.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was President from 1953-1961. During World War II, Dwight gave in to the temptations of a young women named Kay Summersby, who happened to be his personal driver. While his wife, Mamie was in the states and Dwight was overseas, the affair blossomed. Summersby was a former British model and was quite attractive. She wrote a book in 1977, after Eisenhower had died in 1969, titled Past Forgetting: My Love Affair with Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the book, she describes that she and Dwight had tried on many numerous occasions to consummate their relationship, but there was no such thing has Viagra at the time and Dwight supposedly had issues in that area. Being in an unhappy marriage had taken the libido away from the 5-star General and his work was his substitute for his inabilities in the bedroom. But it has been said that his inabilities in the bedroom were untrue and just a fabrication on the part of the publisher to save face for Eisenhower's history. In 1945 Eisenhower actually asked permission from General George Marshall to divorce his wife Mamie in order to marry Summersby, but permission was refused by Marshall.
John F. Kennedy was President from 1961-1963. JFK chased women like a man possessed. His numerous sexual encounters are so plentiful, there are just too many to mention them all. He has had affairs with White House workers, Gangsters girlfriends, staff members, reporters, and Movie stars. There was always a swarm of girls being secretly admited into the White House for Jack's personal pleasures. And he used the Secret Service to cover his tracks and make sure there was no "evidence" of the affair left behind for his wife Jackie to find. It is even said that he had often participated in 3-somes as well with 2 women at the same time. Kennedy had the type of penetrating life style that any man would be jealous over.
Some of his more famous affairs were with Angie Dickinson, Kim Novak, and the most famous of all, Marilyn Monroe. JFK also had a suite on the 8th floor of Washington's Mayflower Hotel always on his beck and call for any of his extramarital affairs.
During his Presidential race with Nixon, Jack inquired if there were any girls waiting for him before one of their debates. An hour and a half before they were supposed to go on the air, Kennedy was in a hotel room with a hooker. He was also involved with a woman who was suspected of being a German spy at the time, named Inga Arvad who was being watched by the FBI.
In February, 2008, newspaper reports came forward about an illegitimate son of JFK found living in Canada. Allegedly the outcome of an affair he had had with a Texas woman. Supposedly, the child was conceived in February 1961, about one month after Kennedy's innaguration as President. The mother was introduced to the President by Vice-President Lyndon Johnson..
Lyndon Baines Johnson was President from 1963-1969. Johnson's former press secretary commented in a Johnson Biography "LBJ had the instincts of a Turkish sultan in Instanbul." Basically meaning that he had his own little harem of women. Although, he was much better at keeping his extramartial affairs more discreet then his predecessor JFK. One of his many sexual partners became pregnant in 1950, prior to him being in the White House. Her name was Madeline Brown and she gave birth to LBJ's son who was named Steven. Johnson did take care of Brown and his son financially, both before and after Steven was born. The illicit affair lasted for 21 years and Johnson set her up in an apartment for their discreet rendezvous.
Bill Clinton was President from 1993-2001. Being the most recent President with public knowledge of cheating on his wife, these affairs are still fresh in everyones mind. Hillary Clinton, his wife, who is now running for President as we all know, has remained married to Bill regardless of his indiscretions.
In 1994, two Arkansas state troopers who assisted in Clintons extramarital affairs of the then Governer Clinton, say that they saw him in delicate positions with dozens of different women. One Trooper said that for 7 years prior, there were many long-term hook-ups with women. One of these hook-ups was with the now well-known Gennifer Flowers. Other affairs during this time included a staff member in Clinton's office; a lawyer who was a Clinton appointee to a judgeship; a prominent judges wife; a reporter; an employee at an Arkansas Power company, and a sales clerk at a Little Rock department store.
There were many other one-time encounters that Clinton had with many different women. State troopers said they were often called upon to arrange and keep secret Clinton's extramarital affairs.
Then there was the story of Sally Perdue, who came forward of having an affair with Clinton in 1983 when he was governor. Right after her story appeared in the press, she says, a man claiming to represent the local Democratic Party, offered her a lifetime federal job if she would be silent and threatened her with physical harm if she refused to cooperate. And there was the sexual harassment case with Paula Jones, a state employee.
Then once he was in the White House, his promiscuousness didn't stop. There she was, Monica Lewinsky, a young good looking 21-year-old intern. She performed oral sex on Clinton in the oval office. She had a dress with a Clinton sperm stain on it. And Clinton took a cigar tube and inserted it into Lewinsky's vagina.
Once the news broke, Clinton adamantly denied any sexual activity with Lewinsky, later rebutting his story and admitting that it did in fact happen.
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Forum and Brim on March 29, 2019:
To those espousing untruths about Thomas Jefferson, I am here to set the record straight. First, the article opens with the idea that "there are some [presidents] that have had illicit affairs and strayed from their marriages both prior to and during their time in office." Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings, whatever it was, was neither.
If Jefferson sired Ms. Heming's children— and believe it or not, that is a big IF — he was already widowed at the time and never remarried, so the relationship was not illicit (ilegal) or straying in any way.
Second, contrary to opinions cited herein, it is neither confirmed or denied by DNA evidence that Jefferson was the father. Jefferson's DNA was never used in the comparison. Although Hemings' youngest son carried the same Y chromosome as males from the Jefferson line, there are 8 candidates in Jefferson's family who also carry the gene who 1) frequented Monticello, 2) had access to her during the time of each pregnancy, and 3) Jefferson's younger brother by 12 years, Randolph, was known to party with the slaves well into the night (something Jefferson, according to his slaves and others, never did).
Third, according to genetic analysis, Hemings' oldest son Madison Hemings was proven NOT to be of the Jefferson line. This is important because Madison claimed he and all his mother's children were fathered by Jefferson (which is what all of this is based on to begin with and calls his testimony into question). Only Heming's youngest son has been shown to carry the Jefferson Y chromosome, and like I said, the best they could do was narrow it down to 8 men (Thomas Jefferson being the oldest and least virile of the lot). All of the 7 other men were old enough to sire children yet considerably younger than the aging Jefferson which makes the latter the least likely candidate.
Fourth, accounts by Sally's Children in no way depict Jefferson being a father to them. Just because he made sure they learned a trade so they could support themselves does not make up for the fact that he was never there for them as a father.
Fifth, the argument that they must have been his children because he freed at least two of them does not hold water either because, under Virginia law, they were now free because they were 1/8th white (and records support this).
Lastly, it's been falsely stated by those wanting to suppress the information that Jefferson never commented on the allegations, but that is not true. He only never publicly commented on it. In 1805, after already getting elected to his second term, he wrote a letter about all the allegations he refused to answer publically. He admitted that only one of them was true (having an affair with a women in his 20s before he was married): https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/...
Although none of this is conclusive on its own, the pattern certainly suggests Jefferson was innocent of the charge of fathering Ms. Hemings' children. In my opinion, Monticello.org and others are holding onto propaganda for less than honorable reasons.
Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 31, 2018:
Well written and interesting article.
Martha Martinez on August 09, 2017:
This REALLY has nothing to do with any of these Presidents politics. My only concern would be if he (or she) compromised the office of President. NO pillow talk.
oliver twoist on November 22, 2016:
Price of peas in Peoria is too high!!!
Revolutionary on October 09, 2016:
Let's just say politicians will create the new Babylon in the US, they will party down and we the people will pay.
mjshroomer on August 21, 2016:
This is in response to Julie who posted 5 years ago that the Jefferson Affair with Sally Hemmings was debunked. Well that is not true.
Recent DNA showed that she sired 5 children with Jefferson and his relatives today had DNA that showed she was related to Thomas Jefferson. I only signed up to correct her comment but then again I did not notice that the poser Julie posted here 5 years ago.
Rachael Lefler from Illinois on March 15, 2016:
Power is attractive to women.
MP on January 08, 2015:
Ronald Reagan and Nancy we're the worst ones. He was not only a drunk and womanizer he was also forced himself on a few women, so he was a rapist! There is written proof. Nancy slept with everyone trying to become an actress before the White House and once in that did not stop. Frank Sinatra and others!
MidnightSunshine on July 29, 2014:
Who is surprised that presidents sin? Really? Other presidents, and countless others, have had affairs. All have sinned. If one hasn't sinned, you have the right to stone these sinners.
We want perfect people to be our leaders. Dream on! We adore the ones who manage to hide their sins and condemn the ones who get caught. Everyone sins (you too) in one way or another. EVERYONE!
R. Hill on March 05, 2014:
JFK did not have affairs! He was catholic. It's not true
Torpedo on March 05, 2014:
3mm on January 14, 2014:
99%men are liars, 1%true!
Jeff on September 03, 2013:
Learn to spell.
allen on November 25, 2012:
all Us presidents and non presidents have had affairs. its just men
v m nc on November 17, 2012:
well as i see it most of all it happened in every elected office out there from Gen, to Presdents its not right in Gods eye but we are not to judge God is the judge that counts . yes there has been screw ups out there and our new Presdent Oboma will be listed as all the others yes when he is out of office the snakes will show their colors and most of what is said will be the truth I agree with coffenut451
doug on May 22, 2012:
why isn't teddy roosevelt on this list? they say he used to love the maids in his service and that one of them actually got pregnant!
coffenut451 on May 21, 2012:
The topic of sex, pornography, adultry, all have front page coverage in this nation. Sex sells, plain and simple. We are a nation of moral relativism, yet I still believe we have a God we will all have to answer to, and as long as I believe this, morality will drive my actions. The Bible says: Don't be deceived; God is not mocked. What you sow, you will reap. That said, Harry Truman was the best president of the 20th century, and he loved Bess and Bess alone, despite her "radiant" personality.
Hoot42 on April 11, 2012:
Heard a sports announcer on Fox Sports - - say Ronald Reagan was having an affair that was being covered up? Find hard to believe.
nastey 69 on March 22, 2012:
these presidents are SICK!!!!! how u gonna nut on a chicks dress and not exspect to get caught!!!????
Spookybear5 on March 19, 2012:
The question is what oresident didn't have affairs?
Tom Menino on March 02, 2012:
You left out this one. Well-known in Chicago circles but of course ignored by Katie Couric and the gang:
Details here and elsewhere on the internet:
It'll come out after he's gone from the scene, like it always does.
Sexorcisto on February 17, 2012:
According to 1 Kings 11:3, Solomon loved many women ... 700 wives and 300 concubines. (Concubines were "secondary wives," a common status in those days, though not necessarily something God-approved.)
Salomonis on February 17, 2012:
These Presidents Who had sexual affairs almost surpass the title of Kong Solomon Father Of Of All Sexual Affairs Go Give them Gold and Free Those Slaves.
american on February 13, 2012:
non of the bush's had an affair... Bush was amazing during 9-11... American's need to remember that time period and become re-patriotic and act like a country again... Our founding fathers did not go through war and death and blood just for a bunch of pansy's to just sit around and complain all day... we need to find our true American spirit again
proffordisabilities on February 11, 2012:
The list used to be much longer and included HW and W, why the change, and where's George Washington?
kiley on February 08, 2012:
i totally agree with SeniorMoment if the presidents would have had more privacy no one would even had known also so what the presidents are only human, you can walk down the street and see the same thing. people are having sexual affairs with people all the time and no one realy cares so why make a big deal about this.
STEVEN J. LENARD on February 08, 2012:
JUDITH CAMPBELL ALSO HAD A SON OF JOHN F. KENNEDYS. ITS ON PAGES 10 AND 11 IN HER BOOK MY STORY.
SeniorMoment on February 07, 2012:
This in fact is only a partial list of Presidents known to have had sexual affiars. It is only more complete with modern Presidents because they have been given almost no privacy during their time in office.
sharleen on February 06, 2012:
none of these surprised me at all.....
people when go to greater heights are meant to loose their mental imbalance and act cheap..........
the top ones are the perfect examples
denschurs on February 06, 2012:
I gave Lincoln a Hummer in the Oval Orifice.
Sarah on January 20, 2012:
Despite all of this crap they have done, in all honesty, all of these presidents have done a lot of good. Yes, this is despicable, but you should respect the presidents [unless it's Bush, obviously] for what they've done for us. So what if they had affairs? They were still great presidents and you should still respect them.You have no right calling them "whores." They should be treated with respect-- they earned it during their terms.
Cindy on December 07, 2011:
I was under the impression that it was accepted as truth and that this was the argument now:
Cindy on December 07, 2011:
@Julie what source do you have for the Jefferson/Hemings debunk claim? I've only read primary sources that intimate a relationship and dna evidence.
eds814 on December 01, 2011:
what about Grover Cleveland???
Leigh on November 27, 2011:
Men need to learn married is married and to be loyal
Jake Johnson on May 24, 2011:
What about George H. W. Bush and Jennifer Fitzgerald?
Agnes L. on April 18, 2011:
Good or bad, we need plumbers, computer experts, carpenters, doctors, farmers, bankers, etc etc...and politicians to keep this planet running. Can't help but marvel at all the different gifts our creator gives us to do just that. What most fail to realize is: "Nothing is hid from God's sight, everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must all give an account."
Julie on January 26, 2011:
The Jefferson thing has been debunked.
Karkat Vantas on January 19, 2011:
There were non "socialist" conservatives on that list too. Just saying.
openup5983 from Louisiana on September 19, 2010:
America, the greatest nation under God's Sky has been lead by some wonderful leaders and shamefully by some
Whores that passed for respectability.It's a shame we don't know all of this before we elect them to represent us and our wonderful Country.
shit on June 14, 2010:
wow......whores with very respectable positions
Faceman on May 25, 2010:
samantha on May 19, 2010:
these presidents rockk!
Theguybeforemeisnuts on May 18, 2010:
Those so-called "great Presidents" were the capstones of the socialist downfall of the USA.
Logicalindividual on May 10, 2010:
I'd like to point out to Conservativerod and Nolan that hillary has not "dumped" clinton. I find it interesting that all the greatest presidents of the 20th century have had extramarital affairs.
Aries Storm on December 11, 2009:
The cock is mightier than the sword!
these women were willing and some were sluts,
so what...I guess we should all be so envious of
you alls perfect lives!
kayli smith on August 09, 2008:
It seems men have 2 heads, and the hard head always wins!
Nolan Thomas (author) on March 02, 2008:
I agree with you conservativerod. Watch how fast Hillary dumps him after the election.
conservativerod on March 02, 2008:
Nothing would surprise me about these pair of snakes, the Clintons. He appeased and pardoned terrorists. His affairs merely demonstrate what a complete low life he is. He did many things to bring shame to this country, but it amazes me how many gullible, naïve sheeple there still are who give this snake a pass. Now Hillary, the ruthless Marxist, wants to be president. She's a phony who only stayed with the snake for political motives.