Astor, Nancy Witcher Langhorne
Born: May 19, 1879 AD
Died: 1964 AD, at 84 years of age.
1879 - Born on May 19th in in Danville and raised in Richmond, Virginia. First woman to sit in the British House of Commons, known in public and private life for her great energy and wit.
1897 - Married to Robert Gould Shaw II in Boston.
1906 - Married to Waldorf Astor, great-great-grandson of John Jacob Astor.
- On a trip to England, she met and married Waldorf Astor, a descendant of America's first millionaire family.
1910 - Waldorf was elected to Parliament and Nancy became involved in her husband's work.
1914 - Was converted to Christian Science.
1919 - Waldorf inherited the title of viscount and Nancy became a viscountess.
- Nancy ran for the seat vacated by her husband in the House of Commons and was elected by a substantial majority.
- She was the first woman to be a member of Parliament in Britain.
- Besides her political activities, Nancy and Waldorf Astor were leading members of British society and entertained many notable figures, including Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and writer George Bernard Shaw, at their country home, Cliveden.
1923 - Wrote her memoir, My Two Countries.
1945 - She remained in Parliament until her retirement.
1964 - Died on May 2nd in Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire, England at the age of 85.
- With her sharp wit and strong opinions, she broke new ground for women in British politics.
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