As First Lady of the United States, a woman faces instant and unending public scrutiny. But while many in the role may have secrets they’d rather not be unveiled to the nation, one First Lady in particular kept a big part of her life hidden from view. This woman served in the role for a year, after which she embarked on a clandestine lesbian affair. And the public never learned of this illicit tryst until recently, as her private letters have now been published in a tell-all book.
The First Lady in question was Rose Cleveland, who had met her future lover Evangeline Simpson while on a trip to Florida in 1889. Following that initial encounter, the two subsequently embarked upon what would become a decades-long liaison. And they may have kept the truth about their relationship hidden, too, if only they hadn’t sent each other such romantic, passionate letters over the years.