I (almost) remember when J. Gilbert Wynant, a former two term Republican governor of New Hampshire, replaced Joe Kennedy as Ambassador to Britain (The Brits loved him, hated Kennedy). (FDR wanted to get him out of the country as he feared he was the only republican that could beat him...even though the republicans kicked him out of the party because he was all in favor of the raw deal (or whatever he called it). He the had an affair with Churchill’s daughter and later, upon his return to the US, shot himself in despair with a revolver to the head, similar to Gail Wynant in Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”. I’ve always wondered if there was a connection. Averell Harriman was in London as the expediter of the Lend-Lease Program although he wanted the ambassador job. He, in turn, had an affair with Churchill’s daughter-in-law Pamela whom he married much later in life...after he divorced his wife, of course. She, Pamela also had affairs with numerous others, including the married Edward R. Murrow. Pamela Harriman became the spokesman for the Democrat party, of course, in her later years...a great friend of what’s her name at the Washington Post.
...and to add to the historical record, Averell (the worthless rich kid)’s dad made all his fortune in the transcontinental railroad financing scandals of the 1870’s. The more things change the more they remain the same.