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Lady Astor, George Grantham Bain Collection


Lady Astor, George Grantham Bain Collection



Photograph shows Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor, (1879-1964) arriving in New York City on the Olympic on April 19, 1922. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2017 and New York Times, April 20, 1922)
Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).
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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.[a] She served in Parliament until 1945, when she was persuaded to step down. Astor has been criticised for her antisemitism and sympathetic view of Nazism.





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