History Centre Heroes: Waldorf Astor
Plymouth is currently marking the 75th anniversary of the Blitz and Waldorf Astor (1879-1952) was Lord Mayor at the time.
Born in America, brought up in England, MP for Plymouth from 1910-1919, Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Lloyd George, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministries of Food and Health, newspaper publisher, racehorse owner/breeder and supporter of many social causes and charities.
He was made a Freeman of Plymouth in 1936 and was also involved in shaping the plans for the rebuilding of the city after the Second World War. Many people also know him as the husband of and political advisor to Nancy Astor (1879-1964), who once described him as a ‘noble, kind and clever man.’