Not everyone chooses to have sex in their lifetime, but for the most part most people do. It has its biological functions, and you know, it's fun. So it's sort of fascinating to hear about people who never did it, especially when they're famous and well known for doing a whole heck of a lot of other things in their life.
Some of these famous people who died as virgins chose that life, others felt like God chose it, and yet others might have been trying to cover some potentially scandalous things up by just pretending to be virgins. Only they and any of their potential lovers would really know for sure, but we can make some assumptions based on information that we do have. Here are some famous people who (probably) died as virgins.
13 Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa dedicated her life to serving the poor and the needy, and that coupled with religious beliefs of the strict Catholic nature kept her out of the bedroom. The Roman Catholic congregation that she started called Missionaries of Charity called for it's 4,500 sisters to stick with not only chastity but also poverty, obedience, and to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor." She is a recognized saint by the Catholic church and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her service. Although she was a little controversial, being against contraception and abortion.
12 Queen Elizabeth I
It's not that Queen Elizabeth I didn't have her fair share of suitors, she had many marriage proposals but she said no to all of them. In addition to being called "The Virgin Queen" it has also been said that she was infertile. But maybe she just didn't have time to care about boys because it sounds like things were pretty wild. I mean her mother was beheaded when she was a toddler which got her an "illegitimate" label, and her half brother took over for the crown, despite the laws saying the sisters should get their shot. Then her other sister did and Elizabeth was imprisoned before succeeding her sister to the throne. And we think Keeping Up with the Kardashians is dramatic.
11 Immanuel Kant
The German philosopher Immanuel Kant was extremely focused when it came to his studies and theorizing, and is often credited as being the central figure of modern philosophy. Although Kant was skeptical of religion and referred to as an atheist later in life, he was raised with a strict and literal interpretation of the bible. But becoming a world famous philosopher didn't leave him a lot of time for dating, and he died a virgin at the age of 79. He never married, but he was pretty popular as a teacher and was said to have an active social life.
10 Henry James
Henry James brought a new vibe to narrative fiction when he started writing from the character's point of view, giving room for consciousness to seep in. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three different times. There are a few different stories about why James died a virgin, and he himself referred to himself as "a bachelor." One popular story is that he was in love with his cousin Mary but he had a neurotic fear of sex. Another suggestion is that he was gay but impotent. Either way people say he never went all the way with either gender.
9 Herbert Spencer
The philosopher/biologist/sociologist/anthropologist Herbert Spencer was a polymath which basically means that he was freakishly good at everything. Except maybe dating. Some stories go that he had a nasty case of scoliosis which people think prevented him from ever having sex. Other stories claim that the later years of his life he was a total hypochondriac and was never diagnosed with any of his supposed maladies. As he grew older and more isolated his beliefs also got more conservative, and he was totally against female suffrage.
8 Hans Christian Andersen
Danish Author Hans Christian Andersen penned stories like "The Little Mermaid" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." He was big on teaching virtue in the face of adversity, which perhaps was a concept born from some of his experiences, like being abused by his schoolmaster. He too seems to have died a virgin, with no history of personal relationships. We know this because he wrote in his journals about it, and while there seems to have been some unrequited crushes over the years, he also wrote that he refused to have sexual relations.
7 Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was a great inventor, and possibly a little strange as well. He gave us a lot of important information about modern electricity and electrical engineering. But all that research may have come with a price. He also claimed that chastity would help keep his mind sharp and followed very strict schedules with his time, living most of his life in hotel rooms in New York City. He had his admirers but he never actually pulled the trigger. Tesla ate dinner every night at 8:10 on the dot and squished his toes 100 times each night to stimulate his brain.
6 Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll is probably most famous for his contributions like "Alice in Wonderland," but it turns out his interest in young girls might have been more than just whimsy. Carroll reportedly was only interested in children and not in adult relationships of any kind. That's right, people have questioned that he might have been a pedophile. According to one biography author Morton N. Cohen:
"We cannot know to what extent sexual urges lay behind Carroll's preference for drawing and photographing children in the nude. He contended the preference was entirely aesthetic. But given his emotional attachment to children as well as his aesthetic appreciation of their forms, his assertion that his interest was strictly artistic is naïve. He probably felt more than he dared acknowledge, even to himself."
5 Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton was one of the most influential scientists we've ever had, but he too wasn't really interested in dating. Many people have confirmed his virginity, and has been described by a French philosopher as lacking in passion when it came to people. According to Voltaire he "was never sensible to any passion, was not subject to the common frailties of mankind, nor had any commerce with women—a circumstance which was assured me by the physician and surgeon who attended him in his last moments." He did have a close relationship with the mathematician Nicolas Fatio de Duillier, which abruptly ended three years in.
4 Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc supposedly had a no sex policy that got her the nickname the "virgin warrior", and she has been canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. The story goes that Joan received visions at the age of 13 that sent her on her mission to help France in the Hundred Years War with England. She was executed by the age of 19, so even if she wasn't uninterested in sex she was pretty young at her time of death anyway. After the war ended there was a posthumous retrial for Joan and she was declared innocent in 1456. Her burned remains were tossed into the Seine river.
3 J Edgar Hoover
J Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (We call that the FBI for short.) He never got married and lived with his mom for a lot of his adult life. Many suspect that he died a virgin, although other people think that he was secretly gay. Some people suspect that Clyde Tolson was his secret lover, who was an associate director of the FBI and the primary heir of Hoover's will. Apparently anytime anyone gossiped about his sexuality, he found them and threatened them, and coming from the head of the FBI it often shut them up.
2 Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol was as controversial as he was famous for his art. He basically led the visual art movement that became known as pop art, and he focused a lot on advertising and celebrity culture. In addition to painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture Andy also made movies, until he was almost murdered and suffered some health issues after being shot. At certain points in time Andy spoke candidly about his sexuality, leading with the fact that he was gay but also that he was a virgin. However other reports say that Warhol was treated for an STD in 1960.
1 Adolf Hitler
Rumors have gone around that Adolf Hitler actually died a virgin despite being married to Eva Braun. Some people suggest that he was bisexual, and he did get a case of syphilis at some point however, so there might have been some sort of sexual contact somewhere in his life. Still other stories go that Hitler had a relationship with his half niece Geli Raubal, who ultimately committed suicide with his gun in his apartment. It is of course possible that Hitler was sleeping with his wife but just wanted the public to think he was celibate to focus on his strange missions.