The Juiciest Political Sex Scandals Since 1776

Alexander Hamilton (F), Secretary of the Treasury

Hamilton had an affair with Maria Reynolds while both were married to other people. Reynolds' husband blackmailed Hamilton who paid to maintain secrecy. In 1797, when Hamilton no longer held the post of Treasury Secretary, the affair was publicized by journalist James Callender, after which Hamilton publicly apologized. Said Hamilton: "This confession is not made without a blush....I can never cease to condemn myself for the pang which it may inflict in a bosom eminently entitled to all my gratitude, fidelity, and love."
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