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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.

Age: Died at 46 (1917-1963)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Military Officer, Author, Writer

Also Ranked

#48 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#5 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#13 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.

Age: Died at 58 (1865-1923)

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

Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Journalist, Newspaper

Also Ranked

#83 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.

Age: Died at 77 (1895-1972)

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

Profession: Police officer, Writer

Also Ranked

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

#54 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

#48 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.

Age: Died at 71 (1905-1976)

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Humble

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

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