Papers relating to Lady Randolph Churchill, 1870 - 1955
Scope and Contents
This series consists of a set of scripts for plays written by Lady Randolph, with related correspondence and other papers on the plays' production, and also a number of photograph albums and loose photographs, including two albums relating to Lady Randolph's work on the hospital ship, Maine, during the Boer War.
- 1870 - 1955
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Biographical / Historical
Jennie [Jeanette] Jerome was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 9 January 1854, the daughter of Leonard and Clara Jerome. She married Lord Randolph Churchill on 15 April 1874, with whom she had two sons, Winston Spencer Churchill and John Strange Churchill (known as Jack). Lady Randolph moved in aristocratic circles and supported Lord Randolph's political career and later that of her son Winston, using her influence and contacts to promote him. In 1899, Lady Randolph founded and edited a magazine, The Anglo Saxon Review, which lasted for 10 issues but was not a commercial success. During the Boer War, she chaired a committee which set up a hospital ship, Maine, and sailed to South Africa on it (her son Jack was one of her patients on board). She married George Cornwallis West in 1900, he was only two weeks older than Winston Churchill, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1913. In 1918, she married her third husband, Montagu Porch, a colonial administrator in Nigeria, and their marriage lasted until her death on 29 June 1921.
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Language of Materials
DateText: The majority of files date from 1870-1920.
Churchill, Jennie Spencer-, 1854-1921, née Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill
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