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Astor [née Langhorne], Nancy Witcher, Viscountess Astor (1879–1964), society hostess and politician, was born at Danville, Virginia, on 19 May 1879, the eighth child in a family of eleven. Her father, Chiswell Dabney Langhorne (1843–1919), a veteran of the American Civil War, had made his fortune in railway construction and bought an estate at ...

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Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess Astor (1879–1964) by George Charles Beresford, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Astor, Waldorf, second Viscount Astor (1879–1952), politician and newspaper proprietor, was born in New York city on 19 May 1879, the elder son in the family of two sons and one daughter of William Waldorf Astor (1848–1919) and his wife, Mary (Mamie) Dahlgren Paul (...

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Waldorf Astor, second Viscount Astor (1879–1952) by Philip A. de Laszlo The de László Foundation / Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Cazalet, Victor Alexander (1896–1943), politician, was born at 4 Whitehall Gardens, London, on 27 December 1896, the second of the three sons of William Marshall Cazalet (1865–1932) of Fairlawne, Tonbridge, Kent, and his wife, Maud Lucia (d. 1952), daughter of Sir John Heron-Maxwell, ...

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Thelma Cazalet- Keir (1899–1989) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Keir, Thelma Cazalet- (1899–1989), politician, was born on 28 May 1899 at 4 Whitehall Gardens, London, the third of four children, the eldest of whom was killed in action in 1916, and only daughter of William Marshall Cazalet (1865–1932), a man of hereditary wealth and standing, whose family origins were Huguenot, and his wife, ...

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Kerr, Philip Henry, eleventh marquess of Lothian (1882–1940), writer and politician, was born in London on 18 April 1882, the eldest of five surviving children (an elder sister, b. 1880, died in infancy) of Lord Ralph Drury Kerr (1837–1916), army officer, and his wife, ...

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Philip Henry Kerr, eleventh marquess of Lothian (1882–1940) by Howard Coster, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ellen Cicely Wilkinson (1891–1947) by Howard Coster, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilkinson, Ellen Cicely (1891–1947), politician, was born on 8 October 1891 at 41 Coral Street, Ardwick, Chorlton upon Medlock, Manchester, the second daughter and the third among the four children of Richard Wilkinson, a cotton worker and later insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Wintringham [née Longbottom], Margaret (1879–1955), politician, was born at Oldfield, Keighley, Yorkshire, on 4 August 1879, the daughter of David Longbottom (1851-1915), a schoolmaster, and his wife, Hannah Sugden (1853-1945). Her given name was Maggie, but she was always known as Margaret...

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Margaret Wintringham (1879–1955), by Lafayette, 1928

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