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Churchill’s American Mother January 2, 2014

Posted by anagasto in history, WWII.
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Her name was Jenny Jerome, and it became Jennie Lady Randolph Churchill.

The Churchills had two sons.

Their first child, Winston, was born less than eight months after the marriage. A recent biography has stated that he was born two months prematurely after Lady Randolph had a fall.

Jennie Lady Randolph is believed to have had numerous lovers during her marriage, including Karl Kinsky, the Prince of Wales who became King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, and Herbert von Bismarck.

Jennie played a limited role in her children’s daily lives. She had nannies to take care of them.

Winston worshipped his mother and wrote to her many times when he was at school away from home. He asked her to visit him, but she rarely did. He wrote about her in his autobiography: ‘She shone for me like the evening star. I loved her dearly – but at a distance’.

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Jennie’s father was a stock speculator and had made and lost several fortunes.

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The Jerome Mansion, on the corner of Madison Avenue and 26th Street, had a 600 seat theatre, a breakfast room seating 70, a ballroom of white and gold with fountrains spouting chamapgne and cologne.

During the New York Draft Riots, Jerome defended the New York Times office building with a Gatling gun.
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