History Centre Heroes: Waldorf Astor

Plymouth is currently marking the 75th anniversary of the Blitz and Waldorf Astor (1879-1952) was Lord Mayor at the time.

Waldorf Astor
Waldorf Astor

Born in America, brought up in England, MP for Plymouth from 1910-1919, Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Lloyd George, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministries of Food and Health, newspaper publisher, racehorse owner/breeder and supporter of many social causes and charities.

Waldorf with his wife Nancy Astor
Waldorf with his wife Nancy Astor

He was made a Freeman of Plymouth in 1936 and was also involved in shaping the plans for the rebuilding of the city after the Second World War. Many people also know him as the husband of and political advisor to Nancy Astor (1879-1964), who once described him as a ‘noble, kind and clever man.’

Advertisements

1 thought on “History Centre Heroes: Waldorf Astor”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s