Nancy Astor


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Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess Astor, CH, (19 May 1879 – 2 May 1964) was the first woman to sit as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the British House of Commons. She was the wife of Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor.

Astor was born Nancy Witcher Langhorne in Danville, Virginia, in the United States. Her father was Chiswell Dabney Langhorne and her mother was Nancy Witcher Keene. Her ... more »

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  • ''I can conceive of nothing worse than a man-governed world—except a woman-governed world.''
    Nancy Astor (1879-1964), British politician. "America," ch. 1, My Two Countries (1923).
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