In 1797, Alexander Hamilton revealed that he had an extramarital affair with a married woman. Known as the “Hamilton-Reynolds Affair,” this story was America's first sex scandal...but it was hardly the last.
In 2007, Deborah Jeane Palfrey was indicted for racketeering and money laundering. Her escort service’s client list included men from the highest reaches of the U.S. government, stretching all the way into the dark halls of the White House.
The match-up between sitting president John Adams, and his own vice president, Thomas Jefferson—an election so rife with backstabbing, mudslinging, and constitutional controversy that it nearly led to a civil war.