President Warren G. Harding's love letters to mistress going public
A presidential love scandal is set to go on display more than 100 years after it began.
Warren G. Harding was the 29th President of the United States, but before he and his first lady entered the White House he was madly in love...with another woman. The love letters he wrote to his mistress are about to become public.
Harding entered the office in 1920, but reportedly began having an affair with Carrie Phillips in 1905. The two were neighbors in Ohio and throughout their 15 years together, he wrote his mistress almost 1,000 pages.
They reportedly tell of a very unhappy and emotionless marriage to his wife Florence. Phillips was reportedly suffering through a similar lackluster marriage to one of harding's friends. But the letters between the two were filled with passion.
The Washington Post quotes one of his letters, that reads, "My Darling, There are no words, at my command, sufficient to say the full extent of my love for you - a mad, tender, devoted, ardent, eager, passion-wild, jealous . . . hungry . . . love . . . It flames like the fire and consumes."
The two ended their affair before he took office. But the letters weren't discovered until after his death in 1960 and donated to The Library of Congress in 1972. They've been legally sealed for 50 years, but that will expire on July 29.