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Winston Churchill was born in 1874 and died aged ninety in 1965 He was active in British politics for almost sixty years and was twice Prime Minister He was a soldier an artist a historian and a journalist as well as a politician He was a man of great mental energy of vivid imagination and powerful ambition He was frequently the center of stormy political activity criticism and abuse were often showered upon him But he died respected and mourned not only by his own nation but by the world for which he had done so much when he led the fight against Nazi tyranny and refused to surrender or to despair of victory Gilbert 13On November 30 1874 Winston Spencer Churchill was born to Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Churchill at Blenheim Palace In 1888 he was placed in Harrow School At the end of his first year at Harrow the boys grades were still the lowest in his class Reluctantly his father gave up any notion of Winstons following in his own footsteps Remembering his sons passion for playing at war Lord Randolph asked him if he was still interested in the army Winston was delighted over the thought that his father recognized his military genius The sad truth that his father considered him hopeless in any other field never occurred to the self-assured lad Manchester 13He was then sent to Sandhurst a Royal Military Academy in 1893 He joined the army and began selling articles to the Daily Graphic In 1898 his first book The Malakand Field Force was published The next year he resigned from the army to enter politicsJuly 6 1899 Churchill lost his first election as a Conservative candidate When the Boer War broke out the London Morning Post sent Churchill as a reporter A month after arriving in South Africa he was captured by the Boers but made a daring escape When he returned to England in 1900
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