John Profumo

John Dennis "Jack" Profumo, CBE, OBE (Mil.) (/prəˈfjuːm/ prə-FEW-moh; 30 January 1915 – 9 March 2006) was a British politician whose career ended in 1963 after a sexual relationship with the 19-year-old model Christine Keeler in 1961. The scandal, which became known as the Profumo affair, led to his resignation from the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan.


John Profumo

Profumo in 1938
Secretary of State for War
In office
27 July 1960  5 June 1963
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byChristopher Soames
Succeeded byJoseph Godber
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
16 January 1959  27 July 1960
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byAllan Noble
Succeeded byDavid Ormsby-Gore
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
28 November 1958  16 January 1959
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byIan Harvey
Succeeded byRobert Allan
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
In office
17 January 1957  28 November 1958
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byLord Lloyd
Succeeded byJulian Amery
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport
In office
24 November 1952  9 January 1957
Prime MinisterSir Winston Churchill
Sir Anthony Eden
Preceded byReginald Maudling
Succeeded byRichard Nugent
Airey Neave
Member of Parliament
for Stratford-on-Avon
In office
23 February 1950  6 June 1963
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byAngus Maude
Member of Parliament
for Kettering
In office
6 March 1940  5 July 1945
Preceded byJohn Eastwood
Succeeded byDick Mitchison
Personal details
Born
John Dennis Profumo

(1915-01-30)30 January 1915
Kensington, London
Died9 March 2006(2006-03-09) (aged 91)
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Chelsea, London
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
(m. 1954; died 1998)
ChildrenDavid Profumo
ParentsAlbert Profumo
Martha Thom Walker
Alma materBrasenose College, Oxford
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service British Army
Years of service1939–1950
Rank Brigadier
Battles/warsSecond World War

After his resignation Profumo worked as a volunteer at Toynbee Hall, a charity in East London,[1] and became its chief fundraiser. These charitable activities helped to restore his reputation and he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1975.