History is a fascinating subject. I love learning new things about famous people that lived and even died before my time. Presidents of the United States are usually surrounded with rumors and conspiracy ideas that some believe, while others think they are out of this world absurd. But one thing is for sure as the head of a country, there is bound to be some interesting presidential secrets.
1. Thomas Jefferson – Most people know that he was just all around weird, but he tops the list for some unique presidential secrets. His most famous secret was his affair with his slave, Sally Hemings. He was also terrified of public speaking, giving only two speeches in his two terms as president.
2. Grover Cleveland – A presidential secret that most people don’t know, he was accused of being a rapist. Maria Halpin, a store clerk, claimed he violently raped her after a night out. She then had a child, the paternity test was never known, but he did pay child support.
3. Ronald Reagan – His daughter Patti Davis who was 41 at the time, posed nude for Playboy in 1994. She then went on to star in one of their movies too. I wonder if daddy was proud.
4. Lyndon B. Johnson – He decided it would be appropriate to name his… well… Johnson. Yes, he named his man part and wasn’t ashamed about it. He even took it out in public, nicknaming it Jumbo. He also had many affairs with many women. His wife didn’t seem to mind either.
5. Andrew Jackson – This president held a secret most people didn’t know, he was a bigamist. When he got married to his wife in 1791, they thought she was divorced. Turns out she wasn’t.
6. James Buchanan – His biggest presidential secret was that he might have been gay. He received a lot of hate for his lifestyle. He lived with Alabama senator William Rufus King for 15 years.
7. Warren G. Harding – His jealous wife might have been the one to kill him. He died unexpectedly in 1923 after his affair with Nan Britton. She birthed his daughter and was 30 years younger than him. Rumors started to be thrown around like crazy, many of which were accusing his wife of poisoning him.
8. Gerald Ford – Although not a very scandalous presidential secret, did you know that this president was a model? He was showcased on the cover of numerous magazines. His wife was also a model.
9. John Quincy Adams – He thought the world was hollow and had mole people. He even initiated an expedition to the inside of the Earth so he could work out a trade deal with the mole people.
10. Benjamin Harrison – A presidential secret that just doesn’t make sense. He was absolutely terrified of electricity. Although he was the one to install electricity in the White House, his wife and him refused to use light switches due to fear of dying from electricity.
11. Richard Nixon – Not only was Richard Nixon involved with Watergate, he feared his brother’s work, so he sent the Secret Service to spy on him.
12. Calvin Coolidge – Probably the weirdest president secret so far, he enjoyed eating breakfast in bed while having his head rubbed with petroleum jelly. No, I am not kidding.
We all have secrets, right? There is some things about ourselves that we just wouldn’t want the rest of the world knowing. But as a president, your secrets aren’t very safe with the world watching your every move.
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