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: Humble, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Pilot, Investor, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Philanthropist, + moresee more on Howard Hughes