Winston Churchill – A Man Of Determination

By | November 9, 2019

test article image
Winston Churchill and Bernard Baruch. Source: (Wikimedia)

Winston Churchill was a man of many talents. He was a man of witty sayings, of which we hear a lot of; but, more than that, he was an accomplished author as well as a painter, soldier, politician, war leader, and family man.

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born in November of 1874 in Oxfordshire at the Blenheim Palace, which was his grandfather’s place. His grandfather was the seventh Duke of Marlborough. His father, Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill was a Conservative politician. His mother, Jennie Jerome, was born in America. Her father was a New York Stockbroker as well as the owner of a newspaper.

Winston and his younger brother, Jack, were brought up by their nanny and later sent off to boarding schools as was customary by the elite aristocracy. Winston became quite fond of his nanny so when he was 21, he was very distraught when she passed away. 

test article image
Winston Churchill on a BBC microphone. Source: (Wikipedia)

Winston was strong-willed and rebellious during his youth. He did not like school – in fact, he stated in his own words that he hated school. It is quite surprising that he became such a great author and speaker. He eventually went to a military college because he was not qualified enough academically to go to a university.

There were many disappointments during his youth when his parents were busy traveling around – too busy to visit him or have him come home to be with them. He had to communicate with them a lot through letter writing. He did enjoy holidays though that he was able to spend with his grandparents at Blenheim Palace.

One of the houses that Winston and his family had moved to when he was eight years old was 2 Connaught Place in London. It was one of the first homes to have electric lights. About 40 years prior to that though, it was used as a place to execute criminals. How horrible when they found a massive grave in the cellars while renovating the place!