John Quincy Adams Liked to Skinny-Dip in the Potomac

President John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams was an avid skinny dipper. That’s right, you heard correctly. This was a president who loved to take a naked dip in the Potomac River.

Adams’ morning routine was quite the spectacle. He would start off with a brisk six-mile walk, followed by a hearty breakfast, and then he’d take a dip in the Potomac River. He’d do it all year round – even in the winter when the water was freezing. Moreover, due to the tide, he almost lost his clothes on a number of occasions.

He reportedly continued his morning routine for most of his life in Washington, D.C.


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  2. 11 fascinating facts about John Quincy Adams (2021) Mental Floss. Mental Floss. Available at: (Accessed: February 19, 2023).

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