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Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace his familys ancestral seat in Oxfordshire on November 30 1874 He was the older son of Lord Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill a British statesman who rose to be chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the House of Commons His mother was an American Jennie Jerome the daughter of a New York financier Churchill inherited a family tradition of statesmanship that went back to the great English general John Churchill the 1st Duke of Marlborough in the 17th century Winston as a youngster attended Harrow School in the ghetto outskirts of London where he was schooled in the classics He was a diligent student and like his father had a remarkable memory but he was also stubborn Churchill had little interest in learning Latin Greek or mathematics By his own account he considered himself such a dumb ass that he could learn only English However he said I learned it thoroughly Since he was but a wee lad Churchill was way into soldiers and warfare and he often played with the large collection of lead soldiers in his nursery His later years at Harrow were spent preparing to enter the Royal Military College at Sandhurst from which he graduated with honors Early in 1895 his father croaked Churchill was only 20 years old A few weeks later Churchill was promoted as a second lieutenant in the 4th Queens Own Hussars a regiment of the British army Hamiltons March 1900 In November 1895 Churchill spent his first military leave on assignment for a London newspaper He traveled to Cuba in order to accompany the Spanish army which was trying to stop a rebellion On his 21st birthday which was spent in the Cuban jungle and for the first time he encountered a live battle Later after his regiment was sent to India in 1896 he secured a temporary transfer to the rugid North-West
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