Feb 14

Issue: Founding Fathers RSS

Peg legs, 15-year-old mistresses and $1000 bribes: 5 surprising stories about the love lives of our Founding Fathers

Posted 3 years, 2 months ago.


In honor of Valentine’s Day the Constitution Center is taking a look at the romantic, and sometimes scandalous, love lives of the men who gave us our constitution.

Below, staff member Mark Kehres takes you on a tour of the Center’s Signers’ Hall Exhibition, letting you in on some of the delegates’ spiciest secrets.

Gouverneur Morris - Peg legs and angry husbands:

James Madison – The 15-year-old mistress:

George Washington – Getting down on the dance floor:

Alexander Hamilton – The $1000-a-year bribe:

Benjamin Franklin - Hazardous to his health:

Video by Jenna Winterle. Hosted by Mark Kehres.



  1. Thom Doorhy says:

    So, was Hamilton’s bribe $1000/month or $1000/year?

  2. Jenna Winterle says:

    Doorhy, thanks for the question. The bribe was $1000.00 per year.