Independent from Long Beach, California on March 18, 1976 · Page 63
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, Indewndtnl. , March 17, 1974 Wircti il) 1t7* President Harding a target of gossip after death Second of two articles on U.S. presidents' rumored or re4J romances. By JOE WING Associated Press ' ^'Throughout the nation's history, American prcsi- d^nV secret loves, real or imagined, have come to light. .-., As in the case of Franklin Roosevelt, the liaisons of President Harding were unknown generally when he died suddenly in 1923. '."- Then Nan Britton, who had had her eye on him since girlhood in their home town of Marion, Ohio, claimed to have mothered a daughter of his. Lacking letters which she said she had burned, she could not prove in court her right to a part of the estate. ^"Whether Harding received or kept any letters from hQF-cannot be determined because Mrs. Harding, a dour, capable woman somewhat older than her husband and a moving force behind his career, burned much of his correspondence soon after his funeral. -·\l Nan also furnished material for a book, "The President's Daughter." ; · AS EARLY AS the election year of 1920 there was a published assertion that Harding and Mrs. Carrie Phillips had enjoyed out-of-town rendezvous and that Republicans had paid her to leave the country. Then some 40 years later a historian, Francis Russell, came across a packet of love letters written to Mrs. Phillips, wile of a Marion department store owner -- a willowy redhead known as the most elegant woman in town. These Russell hailed as the first documentary proof of Harding's extra-curricular affairs, but Harding heirs thwarted publication of the letters, which were donated to the Library of Congress under seal until the year 2014. Mrs. Phillips died a pauper in 1960. Three years ago a writer in the New York Times, which broke the love letter story, said there was now a new appreciation of Harding's virtues and toleration for his weaknesses. TOUGH OLD Andrew Jackson's latter years were embittered by bigamy charges that had been laid against his once beautiful and always loving wife, Rachel. Technically her detractors were right- The Jacksons had been married for two years before discovering that her first husband, a man named Lewis Robards. had never obtained a divorce as planned. When word reached them that Robards actually had got the divorce, they married again. "· Soon a gent-smart named Charles Dickinson cast aspersions on Rachel. Jackson shot him dead in a duel. Old Hickory had made no attempt to get in the first shot, took careful aim though wounded near the heart, and drilled his enemy through the abdomen. "Oh I believe he pinked me, but I would have shot him had he shot me through the brain," Jackson growled as he walked away. NEXT A FAMED frontiersman and Indian fighter, Gov. John Scvier of Tennessee, made slighting remarks in public, but ducked out on a proposed duel. M o r e than 30 y e a r s l a t e r , during Jackson's acrimonious campaign for the presidency in 1828, enemies dusted off the old allegations. Jackson wanted to go a-dueling, but advisers disuaded him. Rachel took it all pretty well until after the election. Then she realized the full extent of the canards, took to her bed and died. It was an embittered old man who journeyed from Nashville to Washington to start his memorable administration. He never forgave, nor forgot. Most poignant and controversial of all the irregular love affairs of presidents was that of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Partisans still maintain it never occurred but Jefferson's recent biographer, Fawn M. Brodie, devoted much of her "intimate history" to spelling out the details as she reconstructed them. "Black Sally" was a beautiful mulatto slave girl, half sister of Jefferson's beloved, dead wife. She followed him to Paris as maid to one of his daughters. When he returned to Monticello from his ambassadorial duties, Sally was pregnant. She bore five more sons and daughters, most of them light enough to pass for white, and all conceived, Prof. Brodie says, at times while Jefferson was at Monticello. In old age one of the sons made a statement, discounted by Jefferson heirs, asserting that Sally was Jefferson's long-time concubine. During Jefferson's first presidency, a muckraker Interviewed some of his Virginia neighbors and published an account of the Homings affair. Jefferson made no public answer. Although a compulsive letter writer, he was a very private man about his own concerns. Moreover, he had before him the example of his rival, Alexander Hamilton, who lolled himself politically by answering adultery charges before being killed physically by Aaron Burr's bullet Jefferson was re-elected easily. An opponent of slavery, once wealthy Jefferson died so deeply in debt that of his many slaves he felt able to free only five -- all members of the Hemings family. "If the story of the Sally Remings liaison is true, as 1 believe it to be, it represents no scandalous debauch- cry of an innocent slare victim," Prof. Brodie wrote, "but rather a serious passion thai brought Jefferson and the slave woman much private happiness over a period of 38 years. It also brought them suffering and even political paralysis in regard to Jefferson's agitation for emancipation." Jefferson had other loves before and after his wife's death, but tliat's another story. There's a myth that the British, to discredit George Washington during the Revolution, forged a letter in which he described the charms of slave women at Mount Vcrmm. No historian has tracked it down but, given the era and the institution of slavery, some such forgery would not have been implausible. It was a couple .of centuries later that Douglas Southal) Freeman, In his six-volume biography, recounted how much taken Washington was with a lovely neighbor woman, Sally Fairfax, and how he continued to delight in her company for years. Just before his marriage to the rich and agreeable Martha Cuslis, and before his departure to join the fatal Braddock expedition, Washington wrote Mrs. Fairfax a sad farewell, mentioning "the recollection of a thousand tender passages," and saying "there is a destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by Ihe strongest efforts of the human nature." "Misconstrue not my meaning," be wrote, "doubt it not, nor expose it. 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