The Sexual Health of the American Presidents

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THOMAS JEFFERSON

Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence and president from 1801 until 1809, had a nasty case of boils on his backside after a visit to a spa where he retired to "take the waters." The cause is noted as probably being a combination of the 50 mile journey there and general unsanitary conditions. His journey back was miserable, and he spent the next several weeks conducting business lying down. He was unable to horseback ride for months, as a result. Fortunately for the presidency, this happened after he'd left office. He founded the University of Virginia a year later, in 1819. There's a suggestion that he may have suffered from enlargement of the prostate in the final years of his life.

 

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