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Presidential "Affairs"

Mangesh Hattikudur
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If you thought Bill Clinton's tryst was bad, check out some of the salacious dirt haunting our other famous Presidents...

Warren Harding had a 15-year long affair with Carrie Phillips and over the years he gave her a Cadillac and offered her $5000 a year to keep her mouth shut. When the affair started getting in the way of his election, his campaign managers paid her more then $20,000, and sent her on a trip around the world.

Nan Britton, Harding's other famed mistress, supposedly gave birth to his daughter. She also reported that Harding and she often had relations in White House coat closets, and once were almost caught by his wife before a Secret Service agent saved the day.

It's no secret that Thomas Jefferson put the father in Founding Father. DNA evidence shows he sired at least 1 and probably all 6 of his slave Sally's children. What's harder for textbooks to verify is that he first seduced her when she was 14.

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It's not quite an affair, but John Quincy Adams got slapped with the nickname "The Pimp" after he offered his kids' nanny's "services" as a gift to the Czar of Russia.

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, the straight shooter from Texas who referred to his own Johnson as "Jumbo", shagged Madeleine Brown for 21 years (and fathered her son) all behind his wife Lady Bird's back. Meanwhile he was also busying himself with the movie actress Helen Gahagan Douglas and the knock-out Alice Glass—apparently, the latter eventually dumped him because of his politics on Vietnam.

James Garfield had an affair with an 18 year-old New York Times reporter named Lucia Gilbert Calhoun until his wife caught wind of the affair and made him decide between them. Good ole Garfield stuck to his marriage.

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BONUS "Founding Father" (but not a president) FACT: Back when he was still Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton decided to console a saddened Maria Reynolds. Despite the fact that they were both married, he continued "consoling" her, and "consoling" her until Reynolds' husband smelled opportunity. He blackmailed the future president$1000 to keep quiet (1/3 of his salary!), but made it clear that Hamilton could keep sleeping with his wife for additional cash.

Special thanks to Sandy and Kara for the research help!

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