Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Born: 30 Nov, 1874,
Blenhelm Palace,
Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
Died: 24 Jan 1965,
London, Middlesex, England

Prime Minister, Statesman and Writer

Common Ancestor:
Thomas Philbrick
9th Gr Grandfather
of Merle G Ladd
7th Gr Grandfather
of Winston Churchill
James Philbrick I Sgt Thomas Philbrick
Capt James Philbrick II Elizabeth Philbrick
James Philbrick III Capt Nathaniel Berry II
Benjamin Philbrick Rebecca Berry
James Philbrick Mehitabel Beach
Polly Philbrick Ambrose Hall Jr
Ira Ladd Clarissa "Clara" Hall
Douglass Charles Ladd Jennette"Jennie" Jerome
Irving Lemuel Ladd Winston L S Churchill
Allan D Ladd  
Merle G Ladd  
Relationship to Merle G Ladd:
8th Cousin, 2 Times Removed
The Right Honourable Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and an American mother, was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. After a brief but eventful career in the army, he became a Conservative Member of Parliament in 1900. He held many high posts in Liberal and Conservative governments during the first three decades of the century. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty - a post which he had earlier held from 1911 to 1915. In May, 1940, he became Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and remained in office until 1945. He took over the premiership again in the Conservative victory of 1951 and resigned in 1955. However, he remained a Member of Parliament until the general election of 1964, when he did not seek re-election. Queen Elizabeth II conferred on Churchill the dignity of Knighthood and invested him with the insignia of the Order of the Garter in 1953.

Churchill's literary career began with campaign reports: The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898) and The River War (1899), an account of the campaign in the Sudan and the Battle of Omdurman. In 1900, he published his only novel, Savrola, and, six years later, his first major work, the biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill. His other famous biography, the life of his great ancestor, the Duke of Marlborough, was published in four volumes between 1933 and 1938. Churchill's history of the First World War appeared in four volumes under the title of The World Crisis (1923-29); his memoirs of the Second World War ran to six volumes (1948-1953/54). After his retirement from office, Churchill wrote a History of the English-speaking Peoples (4 vols., 1956-58). His magnificent oratory survives in a dozen volumes of speeches, among them The Unrelenting Struggle (1942), The Dawn of Liberation (1945), and Victory (1946).

Churchill, a gifted amateur painter, wrote Painting as a Pastime (1948). An autobiographical account of his youth, My Early Life, appeared in 1930.

Aside from receiving the great honour of a state funeral, Churchill also received numerous awards and honours, including being made the first Honorary Citizen of the United States. Churchill received the Nobel Prize in Literature for his numerous published words, especially his six edition set The Second World War. In a 2002 BBC poll of the "100 Greatest Britons", he was proclaimed "The Greatest of Them All" based on approximately a million votes from BBC viewers. Churchill was also rated as one of the most influential leaders in history by Time magazine.