Reflections on Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill had many accomplishments during his life. He was a remarkable politician but also a great solider, speech writer, and artist. He was considered one of the best politicians and speech writers of both his time and ours. He was born into the upper class but was able to sympathize with the poor and working class too. Churchill was loved and respected by all. Of all his great accomplishments, Churchill was best known for his two terms as prime minister. Winston Churchill was the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome. His father was a member of parliament and various other high positions. His mother, considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, was an American and part Cherokee Indian. Winston’s parents had a whirlwind romance and were married in Paris in early 1874. They had Winston later on that same year. Winston spent his first few years in Ireland where his father had gone to be a secretary to Winston’s grandfather, the ninth Duke of Marlborough. When Winston was five they moved to England. Lord Randolph and Jennie were part of the upper-class English families and young Winston saw very little of them. Winston loved his mother very much and worshiped her “from a distance.” Winston also followed his father’s career by cutting out newspaper stories and saving them. Like many other children of this time, a nanny named Mrs. Everest brought up Winston from infancy throughout his childhood. A young Winston Churchill nicknamed her “woom” and stayed very close to her as long as she lived. Winston parents put him a boarding school starting at age seven. The idea of going off to school terrified young Winston. His first school was Saint James with an especially strict headmaster who was notorious for his harsh physical punishment. This was considered a public school for the upper English class, but it was really a boarding school where the students lived except for long holidays. In addition, this was an all boy’s school. Winston especially hated Latin and French and both of these classes were drilled into his head. While Winston was at Saint James he received many beatings because he was a prankster and his independent nature and quick mind caused many misunderstandings. While young Winston was at Saint James his health suffered greatly and he found it hard to keep up with his schoolwork. Winston’s nanny and family doctor continued begging for his removal from the school until his parents finally moved him to a less strict and harsh school called Brighton, run by two elderly women. He now studied more poetry, which he loved to memorize and recite. Instead of playing rough sports such as rugby he could now ride horses and swim. Brighton loved plays and staged them very often. Winston loved to act in them and often played the lead. Even though, his parents never came to see him act he continued with his love for theater. At the age of twelve it was time for Winston to move on to a preparatory school which prepared him for a university. Lord Randolph applied him to Harrow, one of the most well know private boarding schools. To be accepted Winston would have to pass entrance exams in many subjects including Latin. He handed in the Latin portion of his exam completely blank and had not been for his famous father Winston would never have been accepted. When the school held functions, the students marched in according to their entrance exam grades and Winston could hear all the comments about his low standing and was very shameful. Churchill was not a very good student, but he was smart and largely self-taught. (Conan n.p.) Young Winston Churchill went on to study military and graduated eighth in his class of 150. He was assigned second lieutenant in the queen’s army and severed many other ranks during his military career. Although Winston never saw any real military action, he did travel to Cuba and went to the front lines of the Cuban war, along with another English lieutenant, as a war...
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