Except for a few notable exceptions, Presidents have always had their First Ladies. The position of First Lady is an institution. So, however, is the presidential mistress. Most presidents, with very few exceptions, have had women (or men) that they had affairs with.
Here are the most notable ones.
1. George Washington probably had an affair with a slave named VenusOur nation's founding president is rumored to have had a relationship with Venus, a mulatto slave owned by his brother, John Augustine Washington and his wife, Hannah.
2. Thomas Jefferson had an affair with 14-year old Sally Hemings that spanned decadesGeorge Washington isn't the only founding father to have had relationships with slaves, the nation's third president, Thomas Jefferson had a notorious affair with the mulatto slave Sally Hemings which spanned generations and at least six children.
3. John Tyler probably sexually exploited his slaves and sold his own childrenIn December 1841, editor Josua Leavitt wrote an article in the abolitionist newspaper The Emancipator accusing John Tyler of sexually exploiting at least one of his slave, the implication being that there were many more.
4. Abraham Lincolna had a hot and heavy relationship with his male bestie, Joshua Speed
5. Grover Cleveland allegedly raped Maria Crofts Halpin1884 saw one of the ugliest elections in United States history. Why? Because the Evening Telegraph broke the news that presidential candidate Grover Cleveland had paid child support to a widow named Maria Crofts Halpin for her son Oscar Folsom Cleveland.
Halpin said that Cleveland had pursued her relentlessly, and that she finally consented to join him for a meal at the Ocean Dining Hall & Oyster House. After dinner, Cleveland escorted her back to her boarding house. In an 1874 affidavit, Halpin strongly implied that Cleveland’s entry into her room and the incident that transpired there was not consensual—he was forceful and violent, she alleged, and later promised to ruin her if she went to the authorities.
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6. Warren G. Harding wrote naughty, naughty letters to Carrie Fulton Philips
7. 50-year-old Warren G. Harding got busted having sex with 20-year-old Nan Britton
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8. James Garfield had an affair with the thoroughly modern Lucia CalhounIn the 1860's, James Garfield was a busy man, fighting in the Civil War and waiting between that time for assignments in Washington.
9. Dwight D. Eisenhower had a passionate relationship with his chauffeur Kay SummersbyDuring the last year of the World War II, then Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower had a very striking chauffeur and personal secretary – a former model named Kay Summersby.
10. Franklin D. Roosevelt has an affair with his secretary Lucy MercerIn 1914, Eleanor Roosevelt hired Lucy Mercer, the daughter of a once-prominent family fallen on hard times, to be her secretary. Roosevelt and Mercer were close friends. What she didn't realize was that Mercer and her husband were more than that.
11. Eleanor Roosevelt has a steamy affair with journalist Lorena Hickok
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“Hick darling, All day I’ve thought of you & another birthday [when] I will be with you, & yet to-night you sounded so far away & formal, oh! I want to put my arms around you, I ache to hold you close. Your ring is a great comfort, I look at it & think she does love me, or I wouldn’t be wearing it!"Steamy, no?
12. James Buchanan and William Rufus King Become "Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy"worst United States president ever – spent all his time with then-Alabama Senator William Rufus King. The pair even lived together and were seen everywhere together.
13. John F. Kennedy has a one-night stand with Marilyn Monroe
Monroe, apparently, knew he was a massive flirt, and didn't want to settle down with a man like that.
"Marilyn told me that this night in March was the only time of her 'affair' with JFK," Roberts said. "A great many people thought, after that weekend, that there was more to it. But Marilyn gave me the impression that it was not a major event for either of them: it happened once, that weekend, and that was that."