Astor Nancy

Nancy Astor (1879-1964), 6th cousin 4x removed

Nancy Viscountess Astor by John Singer Sargent, 1909 (Image courtesy of The Athenaeum)

Nancy Viscountess Astor by John Singer Sargent, 1909 (Image courtesy of The Athenaeum)

Lady Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess Astor, (1879-1964) was born Nancy Witcher Langhorne in Danville, Virginia.  Her father, Chiswell Dabney Langhorne, was a wealthy businessman who had made a fortune in railway development.  Her mother was Nancy Witcher Keene.  Astor was the first woman to take her seat in the British House of Commons (the first woman to be elected was Constance Markievicz in 1918 but as a member of Sinn Fein had disqualified herself by refusing to take the oath).  Lady Astor is nearly as famous for her scathing wit as she is for her political career. Many of her best known quotes are indicative of her personal and political views, such as feminism, temperance, and conservatism; others are merely humorous.  However, because she is known for her wit, statements are sometimes attributed to her without conclusive proof that she actually said them.  The best known example is perhaps a famous exchange between her and Winston Churchill, with whom  she clashed often: “Winston, if I were married to you I’d put poison in your coffee….”, to which Churchill retorted, “Nancy, if I were married to you I’d drink it.”

Nancy Witcher Langhorne (1879 – 1964), 6th cousin 4x removed – Chriswell Dabney Langhorne (1843 – 1918) – Sarah Elizabeth Dabney (1821 – 1884) – Chiswell Dabney (1794 – ) – George Dabney (1742 – 1824) – William Dabney (1707 – 1773) – George Dabney (1653 – 1729) – Cornelius Dabney (1631 – 1694) – Cornelius Dabney (1675 – 1765) – John Cornelius Dabney (1724 – 1773) – Sarah Ann Dabney (1740 – 1822) – Dabney Waller (1772 – 1849) – Elizabeth Dabney Waller (1808 – 1881) – Jacintha Ann Pollard (1833 – ) – Elizabeth Minor Hancock (1850 – 1928) – Seddie Gunnell (1875 – 1946) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

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