John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough
b.2 Jun 1822 Garboldisham Hall, Garboldisham, Norfolk, England
d.5 Jul 1885
m. 12 Jul 1843
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John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, KG, PC (2 June 1822 – 4 July 1883), styled Earl of Sunderland from 1822 to 1840 and Marquess of Blandford from 1840 to 1857, was a British statesman and nobleman. He was the paternal grandfather of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
Educated at Eton and Oxford before serving as a member of parliament for Woodstock from 1840 to 1845 and again from 1847 to 1857, when he succeeded to the Dukedom. Served as Lord President of the Council in Lord Derby's 1867 government, and then in Benjamin Disraeli's 1868 government. Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1876 to 1880. Appointed Privy Councilor, and created a Knight of the Garter. He married Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane and the couple had eleven children. Their third son and fifth child, Lord Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill, became a prominent Conservative politician in his own right and was also the father of Sir Winston Churchill.