Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
Sir Winston, “The Lion”
Compiled by D. A. Sharpe
Sir Winston Churchill, November 30, 1874 - January 24, 1965, officially born as Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, is the eleventh cousin, once removed to United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, my half eighth cousin. The ancestor in common to President Roosevelt and Sir Churchill is the English Vicsount Anthony Browne III (1527-1592). Viscount Browne is the tenth great grandfather of President Roosevelt and is the eleventh great grandfather of Sir Churchill.
Described another way, Churchill's relationship to our family is he is the 8th cousin, four times removed of John Lloyd Aspinwall, Jr. (1774-1847), the husband of Susan Howland (1779 - 1852) who was the fourth great granddaughter of Alice Carpenter, my 7th great grandmother. Alice is historically famous as the wife of Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford.
Churchill was a British statesman, army officer, and writer. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As a Member of Parliament (MP), he represented five constituencies over the course of his career. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory during the Second World War. He led the Conservative Party for fifteen years from 1940 to 1955.
Churchill was born into an aristocratic family, the son of an English politician and American socialite. Joining the British Army, he saw action in British India, the Anglo–Sudan War, and the Second Boer War, gaining fame as a war correspondent and writing books about his campaigns. Moving into politics, before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of Asquith's Liberal government. During the war, Churchill departed from government following the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign. He briefly resumed active army service on the Western Front as a battalion commander in the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He returned to government under Lloyd George as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, Secretary of State for Air, then Secretary of State for the Colonies. After two years out of Parliament, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in Baldwin's Conservative government of 1924–1929, controversially returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-war parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure on the UK economy.
Sir Winston was born the very same month that the 15-year-old Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant for the first time, in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly magazine on November 7, 1874.
Sir Winston Churchill is so widely known across the world that it hardly is necessary to describe here about him. He is the lion that was England's leader through the dark hours of World War II and perhaps more than any other individual was the spark that enabled the English and the Allies to be victorious in the end. He is a giant of an Englishman. We are honored greatly in our family merely to claim that distant indirect relationship that we have defined here.
On May 13, 1940, Winston Churchill told the British House of Commons in his first speech as prime minister, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
On December 25, 1941, Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address the American People at the lighting of the Christmas tree on the White House lawn as a guess of the President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On December 26, 1941, Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the United States Congress.
On January 24, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco. On November 28, 1943, Franklin and Winston met again. This time, it was at Tehran where they met with Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin. So, it maybe said that we had the biggest guns of our family dealing with Stalin, and it took quite a while for the earth to be rid of his murderous rampage.
On March 5, 1946, Sir Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech as the commencement speaker for graduation at the small Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, accompanied by U.S. President Harry S. Truman. It was the first time the term, “Iron Curtin,” was applied publicly to the wall erected in Berlin by the Communist Socialist Russian government. It may be regarded as the most important delivered as a leader of the Opposition (1945-1951), containing a a vast compilation of emotion-moving phrases in the fact of the Russian Government’s erection of an almost impenetrable high wall to separate West Germany from East Germany. Here is its text in the entirety:
Our niece, Carol Jumper Robertson, and her family spent their adult lives living nearby Westminster College on their farm. Carol was a career teacher in high school and her husband, Bruce, had a veterinary medicine practice, in addition to the agricultural activities pursued on their farm.
In our modern world, one of the great controversies and issues is that how do we, as Christians and as Westerners (culturally) relate to the religion of Islam. As a young military officer and journalist, Winston Churchill delivered a speech in 1899 revealing his views on Islam, which subsequently was repeated in his second published book:
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
"A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
"Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."
(Source: The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 London )
The book provides a history of the British participation in the Sudan during the conflict between the British and the Dervish forces led by Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad, the heir to the self-proclaimed Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad, who had embarked on a campaign to conquer Egypt to drive out the non-Muslim infidels.
It can be realized that Sir Winston Churchill, known as "The Lion," served not only all of England, but really served the annals of the whole world with his insights of governance and of military effectiveness.
As to the Christian faith embraced by Sir Winston, such is described in the book, "God and Churchill," written by Churchill's great grandson, Jonathan Sandys and journalist Wallace Henley affirms that Churchill had a personal believe in God and in Jesus Christ.
It is a great honor and privilege to associate with the likes of Sir Winston Churchill as a relative, distant though he be to our family. Bless be God our Father!
Dwight Albert (D. A.) Sharpe
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