Presidential Dalliances Feb05

Presidential Dalliances

After watching the January 19th South Carolina debate, I thought to myself on how many of our presidents have had dalliances of one kind or another. One can start with a young George Washington’s flirtation with a married woman, Sally Fairfax. Thomas Jefferson’s decades-long relationship with the slave Sally Hemmings, who was the half-sister of Jefferson’s deceased wife. Andrew Jackson married Rachel Donelson Robards in August of 1791. Unbeknownst to them, her divorce from Captain Lewis Robards had not been finalized. The two, eventually, went through a second wedding ceremony on January 17, 1794. This sad chapter in their...