Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 9:00am

Historic Richard Mentor Johnson Political Cartoon

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Background Info: VP Richard Mentor Johnson is shown sitting down with his hands covering his eyes, turning his head away from the illegitimate daughters he fathered. Johnson was a Kentucky slaveholder who was not exactly “discreet” about his dealings with the slave women. He had two daughters — Imogene and Adeline — with his mulatto ex-slave housekeeper, Julia Chinn. After she died, he shacked up with another half-African woman and had two more daughters out-of-wedlock. After his election in 1836, there were rumors he had an affair with an 18-year-old mulatto woman, which annoyed his coworkers in Congress who thought he devoted too much time to these concubines.

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