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Jennie Churchill : Winston's American mother : Winston's American mother
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Biography. Churchill, Randolph Spencer, -- Lady, -- 1854-1921. Mothers of prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography. Aristocracy (Social class) -- Great Britain -- Biography.
After a three-day romance Brooklyn-born Jennie Jerome married into the British aristocracy to become Lady Randolph Churchill. At a time when women were afforded few freedoms, she was a cornerstone of high society and political dynamo. However it was Jennie's love life that marked her out, causing scandal in its day. She was sexually fearless at a time when women were supposed to be sexually vapid. Yet Jennie was deeply loyal to her husband. When he was dying of syphilis she took him on a long trip to conceal his violence and mania. He returned in a straitjacket with only weeks to live. After his death her great project became her son, Winston, with whom she was entwined in an intense mutual dependency. Jennie died suddenly in 1921 after a dramatic fall downstairs, having tripped over her high heels. Although Winston was not to become the nation's leader for another two decades, he had already acquired from his mother an unshakeable faith in his destiny.