Jakie Astor

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Sir John Jacob Astor VII
Born (1918-08-29)29 August 1918
Died 10 September 2000(2000-09-10) (aged 82)
Spouse(s) Ana Inez Carcano
Susan Eveleign
Marcia de Savary
Children Michael Ramon Langhorne Astor
Stella Astor
John William Astor
Parent(s) Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor
Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

Major Sir John Jacob Astor VII, MBE, ERD (29 August 1918 – 10 September 2000), commonly known as Jakie Astor, was an English politician and sportsman and a member of the prominent Astor family.

Astor was the youngest child of Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor and Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor. He was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford and served in the Special Air Service and the Life Guards during World War II. He was named after his relative John Jacob Astor IV, who perished on the Titanic in 1912.

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.

Astor was appointed High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely.[1]

Sir Jakie was a thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast who won a number of prestigious races including the St. Leger Stakes.

Personal life[edit]

Astor was married three times. He married firstly on 23 October 1944 Ana Inez "Chiquita" Carcano y Morra (born 1918, died 1992).[2] The couple had three children:[3]

  • Michael Ramon Langhorne Astor (born 29 September 1946)
  • Stella Inez Astor (born 18 May 1949)
  • John William Astor (born 29 November 1962, died 9 March 1963)

They were divorced in 1972 and in 1976 Astor married Susan Eveleigh. That marriage too ended in divorce in 1985 and in 1988 Astor married Marcia de Savary to whom he remained married until his death in 2000. There were no children from the second or third marriages.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lucy Middleton
Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton
Succeeded by
Ian Fraser
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John Beckett
High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely
Succeeded by
Alfred Gray