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.
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.
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
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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.
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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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.
Age: Died at 77 (1895-1972)
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
Profession: Police officer, Writer
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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.
Age: Died at 71 (1905-1976)
Birthplace: Texas, USA, Humble
Profession: Pilot, Investor, Entrepreneur, Film Producer Philanthropist, + moresee more on Howard Hughes
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.
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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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 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.
Age: Died at 62 (1899-1961)
Birthplace: Oak Park, USA, Illinois
Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Author
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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."
Age: Died at 52 (1769-1821)
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Profession: Politician, Military Officer
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