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Sir John Jacob Astor VII
Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Sutton

In office
Preceded by Lucy Middleton
Succeeded by Ian Montagu Fraser
High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire
and Isle of Ely

In office
Preceded by John Beckett
Succeeded by Alfred Gray
Personal details
Born (1918-08-29)29 August 1918
Cliveden, Buckinghamshire, England
Died 10 September 2000(2000-09-10) (aged 82)
Spouse(s) Ana Inez Carcano
(m. 1944; div. 1972)

Susan Eveleigh Sheppard
(m. 1976; div. 1985)

Marcia de Savary
(m. 1988)
Children Michael Ramon Langhorne Astor
Stella Astor
John William Astor
Parents Waldorf Astor
Nancy Astor
Military service
Awards Knight Bachelor (1978)
OBE (1945)
ERD (1989)
Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre

Major Sir John Jacob Astor VII, MBE ERD (29 August 1918 – 10 September 2000) was an English politician and sportsman. He was a member of the prominent Astor family.[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

Nancy Astor

Astor's mother, Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

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.[3] 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.[2]


Education and military serviceEdit

He was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford and served in the Special Air Service[4] and the Life Guards during World War II.[5]

Public serviceEdit

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.[1] From 1960 to 1974, he held the office of Justice of the Peace for Cambridgeshire.

In 1967, Astor was appointed High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, serving until 1968.[6]

Later careerEdit

Sir Jakie was a Thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast who won a number of prestigious races including the St. Leger Stakes.[1] He owned the West Ilsley Stables, where Dick Hern trained.[7]

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.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Astor was married three times. He married firstly on 23 October 1944 to Ana Inez "Chiquita" Carcano y Morra (1918–1992),[9] daughter of the Argentine ambassador (from 1942-1946[10]) and a prominent Catholic woman, which hurt his relationship with his mother.[2][11][12] His mother had abandoned the Church of Rome for Christian Science.[1] 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:[13]

  • Michael Ramon Langhorne Astor (b. 1946), who married Daphne Warburg, daughter of Mary and Edward M. M. Warburg, in 1979.[14]
  • 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.[1] There were no children from the second or third marriages.[8]

Honours and awardsEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Major Sir John Astor" (in en). The Daily Telegraph. 13 September 2000. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pearson, Richard (17 September 2000). "Sir John Astor Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  3. Goldman L, (Cambridge University Press 1989) Henry Fawcett - the Blind Victorian & British Liberalism
  4. Warner, Philip (31 December 1990) (in en). Phantom: Uncovering the Secrets of the WW2 Special Forces Unit. Pen and Sword. ISBN 9781844152186. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  5. Shaw, Bernard; Astor, Viscountess Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor (in en). Bernard Shaw and Nancy Astor. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9780802037527. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
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  7. Wood, Greg (2 May 1995). "Unmasking the convivial Major". The Independent. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Roth, Andrew (12 September 2000). "Sir John Astor". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  9. "Ana I. Astor, 73, Dies; Worked as a Designer". The New York Times. 9 January 1992. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  10. Lundy, Darryl. "Dr. Don Miguel Angel Carcano". The Peerage. 
  11. Sykes (1984), p. 75
  12. Thornton (1997), p. 444
  13. The Peerage, entry for Sir John Jacob Astor
  14. Times, Special To The New York (17 December 1978). "Daphne Warburg Plans Nuptials". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 

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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

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