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Personal Facts

  • Born Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill November 30,1874 at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
  • Died: January 24, 1965, Hyde Park Gate, London

Synopsis

  • Born to Lord Randolph Churchill and the American heiress Jennie Jerome, Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and then sent to India in 1895 as a member of the elite 4th “Queen’s Own” Hussars Cavalry Regiment. Winston’s quest for action and adventure soon provoked him to become a war correspondent, covering the Cuban revolt against Spain (1895), and British campaigns in the Northwest Frontier of India (1897), the Sudan (1898) and South Africa during the Boer War (1899). Experiencing combat situations on three continents quickly won him international acclaim. By the age of 26, Churchill had authored five books. Only 2 POWs ever escaped from a Boer prison camp during the Second Boer War, Winston and another captured Brit. The other man did not survive to return to the British camp. This daring escape in 1899 made him a national hero and ushered him into the House of Commons, where his career spanned 60 years.

Appointments Held

  • Prime Minister – U.K. (1st Term; May 10, 1940 – July 26, 1945), (2nd Term; October 26, 1951 – April 7, 1955)
  • Office of the Admiralty of the Navy (First World War)
  • Cornet (4th Hussars Cavalry Regiment)
  • War Correspondent serving 2 newspapers (2nd Boer War)

Churchill following speech to Canadian Parliament

Awards

Quotes

  • “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
  • “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”, in response to Bessie Braddock’s [ref]Lady Astor has also been cited in this exchange[/ref] comment “Sir, you are drunk.”
  • “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

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