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!
Benjamin Franklin Had an Insatiable Sexual Appetite
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.
Alexander Hamilton Had a Very Public Affair
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.
Benjamin Franklin Preferred Older Women
Benjamin Franklin was like a Colonial Era Barney Stinson. The man knew how to woo women, and his tips and advice to other men regarding the opposite sex reveal just how accepting he was when it came to his conquests. In fact, he firmly believed older women were the best option when looking for a worthwhile sexual partner. In his paper Advice to a Young Man on the Choice of a Mistress, (he wasn't very subtle with his titles), Franklin talks about how older woman are both more grateful to catch the eye of a younger man and are more experienced when it comes to getting down and dirty. He goes on to say, "regarding what is below the Girdle, it is impossible... to tell an old one from a young one."
Gouverneur Morris Liked to Have Sex in Public
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.