With the recent allegations that Senator John Kerry had a two year affair with reporter Alex Polier (which the 24 year old recently denied) you have
to ask yourself, can any President actually keep his pants on?
Although some more public than the others, it seems that many Presidents have been involved in sex scandals, most notable being Bill “I did not have
sexual relations with that woman” Clinton. The
have done a list of all the
GEORGE WASHINGTON (President 1789-97)
AMERICA'S first president, George Washington set the standard. On the eve of his wedding to Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759, he confessed to his best
friend's wife, Sally Fairfax, that he was really in love with her. After his marriage he was linked to a woman named Mary Gibbons.
THOMAS JEFFERSON (1801-09)
LIKE his namesake, William Jefferson Clinton, Thomas Jefferson's love life came under scrutiny while he was in office.
After the death of his wife, he had a long affair with his black slave, Sally Hemings, which began when she was 14 and was rumoured to have lasted 36
years. It is likely he fathered several of her children.
ANDREW JACKSON (1829-1837)
YOU couldn't make it up. When the seventh President wed lover Rachel Donelson in 1791, he was apparently unaware she was still married. It was two
years before the horrified couple realised she had filed only for permission to divorce - not for the divorce itself.
JAMES GARFIELD (1881)
GARFIELD had an affair with an 18-year-old reporter on the New York Times, Lucia Calhoun. His wife, Lucretia, discovered the liaison but forgave
Garfield when he gave her up.
GROVER CLEVELAND (1885-1889 and 1893-1897)
CLEVELAND was a bachelor, but his approach to family values caused a scandal after he admitted an affair out of wedlock with Maria Halpin in the early
The widow gave birth to a son she named Oscar Cleveland and, though Cleveland was never sure if the child was his, he initially supported them
Later he had Maria committed to a lunatic asylum and the boy sent to an orphanage.
Rest of list here: Mirror.co.uk
I know most of this wont come as news to most of you, it’s more of a “did you know…”. However, after looking down the list you have to ask yourself,
is having a secret affair part of the job description of being President?
[Edited on 17-2-2004 by John Nada]