Presidents embroiled in steamy affair scandals

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Presidents -- they're just like us! Believe it or not, they're not immune to the occasional case of the wandering eye.

Bill Clinton's presidency was tarnished by his scandalous extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but he's not the only one who has been embroiled in salacious affairs.

Presidents rumored to have had affairs or sex scandals
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Presidents rumored to have had affairs or sex scandals

John F. Kennedy & Mimi Alford

Mimi Alford, who worked in the Press Office of the White House wrote a book about her affair with President John F. Kennedy. Alford says she was 19 when she lost her virginity to Kennedy and that the affair lasted for 18 months.  

John F. Kennedy
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Mimi Alford
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Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky

Former president Bill Clinton went on national television in 1998 and admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. This photo was released by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr as part of more than 3,000 pages of documents pertaining to the scandal. According to Lewinsky's deposition, she and Clinton had a sexual encounter in the White House that day. 


George H. W. Bush & Jennifer Fitzgerald

Former President George H. W. Bush sits beside Jennifer Fitzgerald when he was CIA Director. The pair is rumored to have been romantically involved. George Bush's wife, Barbara, sits behind him.

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Warren Harding & Carrie Phillips

Former U.S. President Warren Harding admitted to having an affair with Carrie Fulton Phillips, the wife of one of his close friends. In 2014, after a 50-year court seal expired, the Library of Congress released a trove of about 1,000 pages of sometimes-steamy love letters between Harding, who died in office in 1923, and his mistress.

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Woodrow Wilson & Mary Hulbert Peck

Woodrow Wilson met his wife Edith Bolling Galt as the elevator doors opened at the White House in early 1915, but there relationship was less than perfect. The 28th president of the United States became involved with a young socialite, Peck, while still married to his first wife years earlier. The news of their secret relationship suddenly threatened his second run for president and his relationship with Galt. Thankfully, Edith promised to stick with Wilson through the scandal and they were married in 1915. 

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Lyndon B. Johnson and Madeline Brown

Lyndon B. Johnson was supposedly incredibly blatant about his extramarital affairs. A woman named Madeline Brown was a longtime mistress of his. In 1950, Brown became pregnant with Johnson’s son Steven. The affair continued on for 21 years.

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Grover Cleveland

One of the greatest political sex scandals surprisingly involved none other than Grover Cleveland. The 22nd and 24th president of the United States allegedly sexually assaulted a saleswoman working at New York department store in 1873, which led to the birth of his illegitimate child.


Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln's sexuality has long been questioned by historians -- with many of the books written about him alluding to his sexual relations with men. The president allegedly shared a bed with Joshua Speed, who was one of his close friends during his days in Springfield, Illinois. He was also rumored to have relations with Captain David Derickson, and books revealed they would often spend time together when Lincoln's wife was out of town.


Thomas Jefferson

There are reports that Thomas Jefferson had an affair and fathered at least one child with slave, Sally Hemings. A DNA test done in 1998 showed a match between a descendant of Jefferson and a descendant of Sally's son, Eston Hemings.

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James Buchanan

Several historians believe the 15th president of the United States was gay. Buchanan is the only president in U.S. history to remain a bachelor. 

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Can you guess the other president who allegedly had an affair with a White House intern ... and took her virginity?

Check out the list of presidents who were rumored to be involved in secret (or not so secret) extramarital romances in the slideshow above.

RELATED: The surprising net worths of U.S. presidents:

Ranking the US presidents by net worth
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Ranking the US presidents by net worth
42. Harry S. Truman: <$1 million

33rd President (1945-1953)

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41. Calvin Coolidge: <$1 million

30th President (1923-1929)

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40. Woodrow Wilson: <$1 million

28th President (1913-1921)

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39. Chester A. Arthur: <$1 million

21st President (1881-1885)

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38. James A. Garfield: <$1 million

20th President (1881-1881)

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37. Ulysses S. Grant: <$1 million

18th President (1869-1877)

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36. Andrew Johnson: <$1 million 

17th President (1865-1869)

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35. Abraham Lincoln: <$1 million

16th President (1861-1865)

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34. James Buchanan: <$1 million

15th President (1857-1861)

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33. Warren G. Harding: $1 million

29th President (1921-1923)

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32. William McKinley: $1 million

25th President (1897-1901)

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31. Franklin Pierce: $2 million

14th President (1853-1857)

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30. William Howard Taft: $3 million

27th President (1909-1913)

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29. Rutherford B. Hayes: $3 million

19th President (1877-1881)

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28. Millard Fillmore: $4 million

13th President (1850-1853)

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27. Benjamin Harrison: $5 million

23rd President (1889-1893)

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26. William Henry Harrison: $5 million

9th President (1841-1841)

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25. Zachary Taylor: $6 million 

12th President (1849-1850)

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24. Jimmy Carter: $7 million

39th President (1977-1981)

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23. Gerald Ford: $7 million

38th President (1974-1977)

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22. Barack Obama: $7 million

44th President (2009-present)

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21. Dwight Eisenhower: $8 million

34th President (1953-1961)

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20. James K. Polk: $10 million

11th President (1845-1849)

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19. Ronald Reagan: $13 million

40th President (1981-1989)

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18. Richard Nixon: $15 million

37th President (1969-1974)

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17. John Adams: $19 million

2nd President (1797-1801)

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16. George W. Bush: $20 million

43rd President (2001-2009)

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15. John Quincy Adams: $21 million

6th President (1825-1829)

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14. George H. W. Bush: $23 million

41st President: (1989-1993)

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13. Grover Cleveland: $25 million

22nd and 24th President (1885-1889) and (1893-1897)

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12. Martin Van Buren: $26 million 

8th President: (1837-1841)

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11. James Monroe: $27 million

5th President (1817-1825)

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10. John Tyler: $51 million

10th President (1841-1845)

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9. Bill Clinton: $55 million

42nd President (1993-2001)

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8. Franklin D. Roosevelt: $60 million

32nd President (1933-1945)

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7. Herbert Clark Hoover: $75 million

31st President (1929-1933)

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6. Lyndon Johnson: $98 million

36th President: (1963-1969)

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5. James Madison: $101 million

4th President (1809-1817)

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4. Andrew Jackson: $119 million

7th President (1829-1837)

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3. Theodore Roosevelt: $125 million

26th President (1901-1909)

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2. Thomas Jefferson: $212 million

3rd President (1801-1809)

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1. George Washington: $525 million

1st President (1789-1797)

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1.* John F. Kennedy: $1 billion 

35th President (1961-1963)

*Had he lived, JFK would have inherited $1 billion from his father. 

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