Embarrassing Relatives Plague Presidents

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4. Sam Houston Johnson: Prisoner of Pennsylvania Avenue Many White House scribes say it probably wasn't love that drove Lyndon B. Johnson to make a place for his brother at the White House. The president's staff worked overtime to keep his brother out of sight, and most everyone agrees it was no easy job.

Sam Houston Johnson, eight years younger than his brother, was a self-described "problem drinker," and was said to leak damaging information to the press while carousing.

When President Johnson died, it was evident that there was no love lost between the brothers. LBJ, a millionaire, left his brother a measly $5,000.

In his biography, Sam Houston described himself as a virtual prisoner of the White House who was barely allowed to step outside without a cadre of Secret Service officers watching his every move.

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