One of the sexiest White House legends has just been proven true thanks to a DNA test. According to Daily Mail, relatives of President Warren G. Harding have revealed that the president did indeed father a love child with his longtime mistress Nan Britton in 1919.
The sexual affair became tabloid father in 1927, after Britton authored a memoir in which she claimed she often had sex with Harding in a West Wing closet. At the time, the public was skeptical of Britton’s claim that Harding was the father of her daughter Elizabeth Ann, since his family claimed he was sterile due to a childhood case of the mumps.
Despite the fact that rumors plagued both families for years, Elizabeth Ann Blaesing refused to submit to a DNA test until her death in 2005. However, her son James Blaesing was determined to know the truth, so he said yes to a DNA test when he was approached by Harding’s grand-nephew, Dr Peter Harding.
The tests proved that Blaesing was indeed a second cousin of Dr. Harding.
“It’s sort of Shakespearean and operatic,” Dr Harding told the New York Times. “This story hangs over the whole presidential history because it was an unsolved mystery.”
“I have no doubts left,” Abigail Harding, a grand-niece of the president, added. “When he’s related to me, he’s related to Peter, he’s related to a third cousin – there’s too many nails in the coffin, so to speak. I’m completely convinced.”
Other Harding family members were less open to the test results.
“I’m not questioning the accuracy of anybody’s tests or anything,” said Dr. Richard Harding, another grandnephew, before adding that he will welcome the Blaesings if this is proven true. “I hope they’ll find their new place in history is meaningful and productive for them.”
For Blaesing, the test was less meaningful, since he had always believed his grandmother’s claims about Harding.
“She loved him until the day she died,” he said. “When she talked about him, she would get the biggest smile on her face. She just loved this guy. He was everything.”
Harding never met Elizabeth Ann, but he supported both her and her mother until his death in 1923.
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