Monday, March 29, 2010


Despite its puritan roots, the U.S. has a long history of skinny-dipping. Social nudity is celebrated in the writings of Walt Whitman (1819-92) and the landscape paintings of Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) took a daily naked “air bath,” while presidents John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) and Lyndon Johnson (1908-73) enjoyed a refreshing nude dip.

According to National Geographic Magazine, John Quincy Adams (1825-29), the sixth President, customarily took a nude early morning swim in the Potomac River.

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