Sir John Jacob Astor VII
|Member of Parliament|
for Plymouth Sutton
|Preceded by||Lucy Middleton|
|Succeeded by||Ian Montagu Fraser|
|High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire|
and Isle of Ely
|Preceded by||John Beckett|
|Succeeded by||Alfred Gray|
|Born||29 August 1918|
Cliveden, Buckinghamshire, England
|Died||10 September 2000(aged 82)|
Ana Inez Carcano
(m. 1944; div. 1972)
Susan Eveleigh Sheppard
(m. 1976; div. 1985)
Marcia de Savary
|Children||Michael Ramon Langhorne Astor|
John William Astor
New College, Oxford
|Awards||Knight Bachelor (1978)|
Croix de Guerre
John Jacob Astor VII was born 29 August 1918, the youngest of the four sons of Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor and Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor (1878–1964). His mother, Viscountess Astor, was the first woman elected to Parliament to take her seat in Parliament. His siblings in include Robert Gould Shaw III (1898–1970), his half-brother from his mother's first marriage, William Waldorf Astor II (1907–1966), Nancy Phyllis Louise Astor (1909–1975), Francis David Langhorne Astor (1912–2001), and Michael Langhorne Astor (1916–1980). Jakie was named after his relative John Jacob Astor IV, who perished on the Titanic in 1912.
Education and military service
In 1945, Astor contested the Plymouth Sutton seat in the British House of Commons that had been held by both his parents. Unsuccessful at first, he won the seat in 1951 as a member of the Conservative Party. From 1960 to 1974, he held the office of Justice of the Peace for Cambridgeshire.
In 1978, he won a knighthood for his contributions to agriculture due in part from the success of his 1,900-acre farm at Hatley Park in Cambridgeshire, as well as his chairmanship of the Agricultural Research Council.
Astor was married three times. He married firstly on 23 October 1944 to Ana Inez "Chiquita" Carcano y Morra (1918–1992), daughter of the Argentine ambassador (from 1942-1946) and a prominent Catholic woman, which hurt his relationship with his mother. His mother had abandoned the Church of Rome for Christian Science. Ana's sister, Stella Carcano y Morra, married William Ward, 4th Earl of Dudley in 1946. Before their divorce in 1972, Jakie and Ana had three children:
- Michael Ramon Langhorne Astor (b. 1946), who married Daphne Warburg, daughter of Mary and Edward M. M. Warburg, in 1979.
- Stella Inez Astor (b. 1949)
- John William Astor (1962–1963), who died as an infant.
In 1976, Astor married Susan Eveleigh Sheppard. That marriage too ended in divorce in 1985 and in 1988 Astor married Marcia de Savary, former wife of Peter de Savary, to whom he remained married until his death in 2000. There were no children from the second or third marriages.
Honours and awards
- Knight Bachelor 3 June 1978
- Member of the Order of the British Empire 1 February 1945
- Emergency Reserve Decoration 30 May 1989
- Légion d'Honneur (France)
- Croix de Guerre (France)
- "Major Sir John Astor". The Daily Telegraph. 13 September 2000. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
- Pearson, Richard (17 September 2000). "Sir John Astor Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
- Goldman L, (Cambridge University Press 1989) Henry Fawcett - the Blind Victorian & British Liberalism
- Warner, Philip (31 December 1990). Phantom: Uncovering the Secrets of the WW2 Special Forces Unit. Pen and Sword. ISBN 9781844152186. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
- Shaw, Bernard; Astor, Viscountess Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor. Bernard Shaw and Nancy Astor. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9780802037527. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
- "No. 44276". The London Gazette. 28 March 1967. p. 3382.
- Wood, Greg (2 May 1995). "Unmasking the convivial Major". The Independent. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
- Roth, Andrew (12 September 2000). "Sir John Astor". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
- "Ana I. Astor, 73, Dies; Worked as a Designer". The New York Times. 9 January 1992. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
- Lundy, Darryl. "Dr. Don Miguel Angel Carcano". The Peerage.
- Sykes (1984), p. 75
- Thornton (1997), p. 444
- The Peerage, entry for Sir John Jacob Astor
- Times, Special To The New York (17 December 1978). "Daphne Warburg Plans Nuptials". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
- Sykes, Christopher (1984). Nancy: The Life of Lady Astor. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers. ISBN 0-89733-098-6.
- Astor, Lady Nancy (1997). Martin Thornton (ed.). Nancy Astor’s Canadian Correspondence, 1912–1962. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN 0-7734-8452-3.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Jakie Astor
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| High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire
and Isle of Ely