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Nancy Astor

1st Female MP in the United Kingdom Nancy Astor

Full Name: Nancy Langhorne
Profession: 1st Female MP in the United Kingdom

United States of America
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Biography: Divorcee Nancy Langhorne Shaw married hotel heir Waldolf Astor in 1906 and their grand country home at Clivden became an important political salon in the early 20th century.

Nancy Astor began her political career after her husband succeeded to the peerage and entered the House of Lords. She was elected in her husband's former seat in 1919 and became the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. She held her seat until her retirement in 1945.

Although not a suffragette, Astor's political career set an important precedent and she frequently advocated for women's participation in public life. Her political views were often controversial. She was antisemitic and sometimes xenophobic and initially regarded Nazism in a good light.

Born: May 19, 1879
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, USA
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: May 2, 1964 (aged 84)

Married Life

  • 1906-05-03 Waldof Astor marries fellow American Nancy Langhorne Shaw at All Souls Church in London, England

Historical Events

  • 1919-11-28 American-born Lady Nancy Astor elected as the 1st female member of the British House of Commons
  • 1919-12-01 Lady Nancy Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament

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