I often think about some of the men in history that I would love to have the opportunity to meet and interview. Winston Churchill is one such man who would easily be in the top 10 list. This leader helped guide Great Britain through World War II.
While I have researched Winston Churchill’s political ideologies, I find he and I both have similar views. While leaning toward a conservative viewpoint, he fell into many liberal beliefs. Such is my beliefs.
But this post is not being written to start a political debate. It is to educate you and help you know more about this fantastic leader.
In today’s post, I am going to give you 12 cool facts about Winston Churchill. Some you may know if you paid attention in history classes, but many you probably don’t know.
Winston Churchill Fact #1: His Years Of Life
Sir Winston Churchill was born in 1874 in Oxfordshire, England. He passed on in 1965 in London.
Winston Churchill Fact #2: He Was Half American
Winston Churchill’s Father was the 3rd son of the Duke of Marlborough… Lord Randolph Churchill was 100% British, but… Winston’s Mother was Jenny Jerome who was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York.
Winston Churchill Fact #3: Winston Was An Accomplished Painter
He was over 40 years old when he started, but Winston Churchill became a highly accomplished artist. He has well over 500 paintings with many on display in various museums.
Winston Churchill Fact #4: He Did Not Do Well In School
Sir Winston Churchill did not perform too well in school so his Father put him in Military education because he assumed he would not be a proper law or political candidate.
Winston Churchill Fact #5: Winston Churchill Loved Reading
Winston Churchill has been quoted as saying his education was cut short by school.
You see, we believe that this mighty leader gained more from reading than he did any schooling. It is said that when young, Churchill always had his nose in a book.
He found reading to be his best source of education.
Winston Churchill Fact #6: He Would Not Follow The 3 Strikes Rule
While in his twenties, Winston Churchill proposed to 3 different women… All 3 said no!
While many would have resigned to a life of bachelorhood after 3 strikes, not Winston. He then proposed to Clementine Ogilvy Hozier in 1908 and she said yes.
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Winston Churchill Fact #7: He Had A Lisp
While he spoke as if there was no issue, reporters often complained about Churchill’s speech impediment. It seems that both he and his Father had what is known as a lateral lisp which is a difficulty making s and z sounds. But that didn’t stop the great leader from giving fantastic speeches.
Winston Churchill Fact #8: Prison Escapee
Winston Churchill was also an extremely accomplished writer. During his time in the British Military, he served as both an officer and a war correspondent. When he was deployed to South Africa, the Dutch Boers attacked the train and took several prisoners including Winston.
Climbing the wall of the prison camp in the dark of night, Winston escaped and became a hero.
Winston Churchill Fact #9: He Won A Nobel Prize
I mentioned the leader’s accomplishments in writing. Well, Sir Winston Churchill was given The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”.
Winston Churchill Fact #10: Elected To Parliament In 1900
Sir Winston Churchill was first elected to British Parliament in 1900 under the Conservative Party. Because of the Conservative’s stances against Free Trade, Churchill left the party to go to the Liberal side.
Winston Churchill Fact #11: A Word That Was Invented By Churchill
It is a word I have used often and I am sure you have seen it a number of times… The word summit was invented by Winston Churchill.
Winston Churchill Fact #12: Served Under 6 Monarchs
Sir Winston Churchill served in British Parliament under 6 different Monarchies:
- Edward VII,
- George V,
- Edward VIII,
- George VI,
- and Elizabeth II
Winston Churchill Quotes
Before signing off, I want to leave you with some of Churchill’s top quotes…
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
There are a few mistakes in this video but otherwise, well done…
I must admit, this great leader, this great man inspires me. The more I learn about Sir Winston Churchill, the more I want to emulate his life.
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About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at Lancerlife.com.