Churchill, Lady Astor and the Sisters Langhorne

Carl M. Cannon, RCP
Ninety-two years ago today Americans were reading in their morning papers about a law forbidding minors from drinking in public houses in Great Britain. The reason this was big news on our side of the Atlantic was that the measureÂ’s sponsor was American-born Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit in Parliament — and a household name in the U.S. before she ever immigrated to England.Lady AstorÂ’s name is largely forgotten in modern American culture, except when she appears as the foil in stories showcasing Winston ChurchillÂ’s great wit — most of them apocryphal tales attributed to Churchill at…