Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor, CH (19 May 1879 – 2 May 1964) was an American-born British politician who was the first woman seated as a Member of Parliament (MP), serving from 1919 to 1945.[lower-alpha 1][1]


The Viscountess Astor

Nancy Astor in 1923
Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Sutton
In office
28 November 1919  15 June 1945
Preceded byWaldorf Astor
Succeeded byLucy Middleton
Personal details
Born
Nancy Witcher Langhorne

(1879-05-19)19 May 1879
Danville, Virginia, U.S.
Died2 May 1964(1964-05-02) (aged 84)
Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire, England
Political partyCoalition Conservative
Spouse(s)
    (m. 1897; div. 1903)
      (m. 1906; died 1952)
      Children
      Parents
      RelativesSee Astor family
      ResidenceCliveden and Grimsthorpe Castle
      OccupationPolitician
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      Astor's first husband was American Robert Gould Shaw II; the couple separated after four years and divorced in 1903. She moved to England and married Waldorf Astor. After her husband succeeded to the peerage and entered the House of Lords, she entered politics as a member of the Conservative Party and won his former seat of Plymouth Sutton in 1919, becoming the first woman to sit as an MP in the House of Commons.[lower-alpha 1] She served in Parliament until 1945, when she was persuaded to step down. Astor has been criticised for her antisemitism and sympathetic view of National Socialism.[2][3][4]