Jennie Jerome, mother of Winston Churchill

By (Original text : The Lafayette studio) - [1]) Source is V&A Lafayette Archive. Archive link, Public Domain, Spencer-Churchill (née Jerome; 9 January 1854 – 29 June 1921), known as Lady Randolph Churchill, was an American-born British socialite, the wife of Lord Randolph Churchill and the mother of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Ms. Jerome was born in Cobble Hill Brooklyn in 1854. A plaque at 426 Henry St. gives her year of birth as 1850, not 1854. However, on 9 January 1854, the Jeromes lived nearby at number 8 Amity Street (since renumbered as 197).The Jeromes were temporarily staying at the Henry Street address, owned by her uncle Addison. It is believed she was born there during a snowstorm.

She spent time in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Paris as a child. She studied piano and was considered quite good, but married at the age of 20 to Lord Randolph Churchill, getting engaged 3 days after their initial meeting. Winston Churchill, her first son was born less than a year after the marriage. She also had another son. She was rarely with Winston as most children of the aristocracy were raised by nannies and sent to boarding schools, but they did become friends during his adulthood. She was a generous and influential member of his inner circle and the British upper class.

Lady Churchill was widowed at the age of 41 and remarried twice. She died at the age of 61 after suffering a fall which caused gangrene to set in to her leg. This caused an amputation which eventually led to a hemorage and her death.

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