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Astor, Waldorf (2nd Viscount Astor of Hever)

Born: 1879 AD
Died: 1952 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Politician


1879 - Born on May 19th in New York City. British-American businessman, politician, and newspaper publisher.

1889 - His father brought the family to England, where Waldorf was educated at Eton College and then Oxford University.

1906 - Married to Nancy Langhorne.

1910 - A member of the Conservative Party, Astor was elected to represented the Sutton division of Plymouth in the House of Commons.

1915 - Astor became involved in the media industry, working as the publisher of the London Observer.

1918 - Astor became parliamentary secretary to the Ministry of Food.

1919 - Astor became a member of the House of Lords.

         - Astor became proprietor of The Observer.

         - Astor remained in the government and served as parliamentary secretary to the Local Government Board and parliamentary secretary to the Ministry of Health.

1925 - Lord and Lady Astor founded and financed the Virginia House Settlement in Looe Street, Plymouth.

1935 - He was the Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

1936 - Viscount Astor was granted the Freedom of the City of Plymouth on July 2nd.

1939 - He was elected to the office of Lord Mayor of Plymouth, only the second non-councilor in the City's history ever to be appointed to that office.

1952 - Died on September 30th in Cliveden, Buckinghamshire, England.


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