Weird History TMI Facts About the Sex Lives of Our Founding Fathers  

Jacoby Bancroft
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Truth be told, the US Founding Fathers were a bunch of dirty, old men. We might put them on pedestals for their work in getting this whole America thing off the ground, but in reality most of them were just as raunchy as your average Hollywood starlet. Even the most upstanding of them couldn't escape rumors of odd sexual encounters or nasty rumors. What sort of TMI, but still interesting facts about the Founding Fathers' sex lives will you find below? You can be sure you didn't learn them in elementary school.

The most interesting Founding Fathers sex facts range from fairly run of the mill affairs to what Gouverneur Morris allegedly did with a whale bone - an choice that led to his untimely death. Are these sex tales from the men who founded America as shocking as the many Founding Fathers conspiracies? Do any of them change your mind about who the best Founding Father was? Read on and decide for yourself!
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Alexander Hamilton Had a Very Public Affair


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Alexander Hamilton had one of the most public affairs of any of the Founding Fathers. While his wife was away for the summer, Hamilton found himself unable to say no to the alluring Maria Reynolds and the two began an affair. Turns out, Maria was married and when her husband returned, he demanded money from Hamilton in exchange for keeping quiet. As smart as Hamilton was, he was at least dumb enough to continue the affair.

A pattern was established that went like this: Maria's husband would leave, Maria would invite Hamilton over to have sex, Maria's husband would return and demand money, Hamilton would pay. Repeat. It got so bad that eventually Hamilton had to announce the affair to the public (or else face career suicide), something that understandably severely affected his marriage.
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Benjamin Franklin Had an Insatiable Sexual Appetite


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When you learn about Benjamin Franklin in school, you might hear about how he was an eccentric inventor whose brilliant mind helped lead the colonies to revolution and independence. That's all true, except it leaves out the part about how much sex he had.

Franklin, like any upstanding man in colonial times, had a wife by the name of Deborah Read. The two were married for 38 years, but that wasn't enough for Franklin. For powerful men in the colonial era, having a mistress wasn't uncommon, but the sheer number of conquests Franklin amassed was staggering. He seemed to particularly like French women, having torrid affairs with Anna-Louise d'Hardancourt Brillon de Jouy, Madame Foucault, Madame Le Veillard, Countess Houdetot, and others.

Even as he grew older, his sexual appetite would not be quelled as he continued affairs with countless women who threw themselves at him. Even he knew he had a problem, writing in his autobiography that "the hard-to-be-governed passion of my youth had hurried me frequently into intrigues with low women that fell in my way." The term sex addict wasn't a thing back then, but Franklin probably would be a prime example.
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Gouverneur Morris Died Sticking a Whale Bone in His Penis


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Given that he was one of the most sexually active Founding Fathers, Gouverneur Morris's death could be considered slightly ironic. For a long time, he was having difficulty peeing (historians believe he had some form of prostate cancer) and he needed to do something about it. In an effort to help himself, Morris stuck a whale bone into his urethra to try to unblock it, but instead of fixing whatever was ailing him, the attempt resulted in his death.
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Gouverneur Morris Liked to Have Sex in Public


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One of the lesser-known Founding Fathers, Gouverneur Morris was also one of the most sexually active. He had a whole gaggle of affairs with countless women and he did it all with one leg. His sexual exploits were so common, many historians believe that Morris lost his leg jumping out of a window when the husband of one of the women he was seeing came home early. He even used his one-legged status to attract more women who were curious about what had happened.

He loved sex so much that he started to spice things up. His affair with Madame de Flahaut lasted more than three years, and as it went on, he recounted how they became more and more adventurous over time. They started doing it all over her house with all the doors open, in their carriage while the carriage driver was seated in front of them, inside a convent, and in many other taboo places.
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