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Jacob Shelton
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Behind every famous man in the history books is a secret. As it turns out, for many of them, the secret is that they really like having sex with prostitutes. Whether the men happen to be presidents of the United States of America or world famous philosophers, if they’re on this list they’re among the men who use prostitutes - or allegedly did - throughout history. As time goes on, social mores change and some of the famous fellas on this list weren’t subject to the same scrutiny that your Charlie Sheens or Hugh Grants are when they get caught with ladies of the night. Heck, there’s even a pope on this list that bought all his buddies prostitutes and watched them have sex on a pile of chestnuts. Get ready to have some knowledge dropped on you with this list of famous historical men you didn’t know where into prostitutes.

The history of prostitution goes back as far as history itself. In fact, there have been so many types of prostitutes in history that it seems weird that there’s such a stigma attached to their profession. Whether or not we think there should be a negative connotation attached to the sex industry doesn’t matter, because the guys on this list who visited brothels in history were so worried about their clandestine affairs that they tried as hard as they could to keep them hidden.

Learn more about these famous men who went to brothels, and then take to the comments to trade conspiracy theories about how their prostitutes shaped the way the world as we know it.
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Historical Men You Didn't Know Were Into Prostitutes
Photo: White House Press Office/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

JFK's sexual prowess is stuff of historical legend, so it's not really shocking to find out that one of his many sexual partners was Ellen Rometsch, a German prostitute who attended nude pool parties at the White House and had a killer beehive hairdo. Bobby Kennedy supposedly tried to have her deported in 1963 because he felt that she could be a real headache in Kennedy's re-election campaign.

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Age: Died at 46 (1917-1963)

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Brookline, New England, Norfolk County United States of America, + more

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Screenwriter, Military Officer Author, + more

Also Ranked

#45 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#5 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#12 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#42 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Warren G. Harding is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Historical Men You Didn't Know Were Into Prostitutes
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Warren Harding was not the best president, unless by "best president" you mean someone whose life could be a prequel to the Hangover films. One story goes that at one of Harding's secret White House parties, a prostitute slipped off a table while she was dancing and smashed her head open. Naturally Harding was rushed away from the party.

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Age: Died at 58 (1865-1923)

Birthplace: Ohio, Morrow County, United States, with Territories Blooming Grove

Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Journalist, Newspaper

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#85 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#40 on The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

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J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Historical Men You Didn't Know Were Into Prostitutes
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Allegedly, J. Edgar Hoover, first director of the FBI, was a weird guy. There are rumors about Hoover dressing in drag while he filed federal paperwork, and he was also rumored to have visited Cuba in disguise so he could spend time with a legion of male prostitutes. Sometimes you just have to unwind.

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Age: Died at 77 (1895-1972)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Police officer, Writer

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#89 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#42 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Historical Men You Didn't Know Were Into Prostitutes
Photo: Acme Newspictures/via Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Howard Hughes is a controversial figure among historians because although he was a tycoon who influenced generations of industrious figures to rise up and take the capitalism by the horns, he was also kind of a crazy person by the end of his life. Also, he LOVED a prostitute named Sunny, who he allegedly made secret overnight flights to visit at her bunny ranch in Nevada.

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Age: Died at 71 (1905-1976)

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Humble

Profession: Pilot, Investor, Entrepreneur, Film Producer Philanthropist, + more

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Historical Men You Didn't Know Were Into Prostitutes
Photo: patrickhashley/flickr/CC-BY 2.0

George Washington, the first president of the United States, is revered by pretty much everyone who attended an American elementary school. We all know about Washington's wooden teeth, and his crossing of the Delaware, but what no one talks about is how much the great general loved gambling and "wenching" in his youth.

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Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories Westmoreland County, + more

Profession: Surveyor, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer Farmer, + more

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#1 on The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

#7 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#3 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#30 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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King Charles II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Historical Men You Didn't Know Were Into Prostitutes
Photo: Internet Archive Book Images/Flickr

King Charles II


Kings have always had mistresses, so it's not a huge shocker that King Charles II would have a concubine or two. But Charles went through so many trials and tribulations that you'd think he wouldn't have had time to keep a bunch of extra ladies around. But if you're thinking that then you're on the wrong list. King Charles II was a big fan of high class prostitutes, specifically Nell Gwyn - who was one of thirteen women he kept in his lifetime.
Ernest Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Historical Men You Didn't Know Were Into Prostitutes
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Ernest Hemingway was the author of such classics as The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Moveable Feast. But near the end of his life he was far more interested in getting drunk in Cuba and hanging out with a prostitute named Leopoldina Rodriguez than writing.

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Age: Died at 62 (1899-1961)

Birthplace: Oak Park, USA, Illinois

Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Author

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#15 on The Best Writers of All Time

#5 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#11 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#6 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

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Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Historical Men You Didn't Know Were Into Prostitutes
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Napoleon had a kind of weird relationship with sex. Even though most people know him as the French commander who almost conquered Europe, almost as many people know him as the guy with the tiny penis. Allegedly, he lost his virginity to a prostitute, and went so far as to say something along the lines of "men would attack regular women on the streets if it weren't for prostitutes."

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Age: Died at 52 (1769-1821)

Birthplace: Ajaccio, France

Profession: Politician, Military Officer

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#11 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#23 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#8 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#3 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

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