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Summer 2018

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SUMMER 2018 41 It's an interesting story of a small college president in 1946 who had the boldness to ask Sir Winston Churchill to visit his college; of a Westminster College alumnus (Harry Vaughan) with access to the president of the United States (Harry S Truman); of a president with the willingness to endorse the invitation; and of a recently defeated British prime minister with the shrewdness to recognize an opportunity. Franc McCluer and Harry Vaughan traveled to Washington, D.C. for the sole purpose of asking President Truman to support their effort, and President Truman, after reading the letter of invitation, said, "This is a good idea," and added his personal, hand-written endorsement to the letter. According to the Westminster College's website, on March 5, 1946, Churchill visited Westminster College as the Green Lecturer and delivered "Sinews of Peace," a broadcasted message that went down in history as the "Iron Curtain Speech: From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an 'iron curtain' has descended across the continent." In 1961, Friends of Westminster College and the St. Louis Chapter of the English- Speaking Union began a conversation in the office of College President Robert L. D. Davidson (also known as Larry Davidson) that would lead to the establishment of the Winston Churchill Memorial & Library. College Trustee Neal Wood agreed to chair the project committee that would ultimately bring a bombed-out Christopher Wren church from London to Fulton, Missouri to house the memorial and to serve as the college chapel. This has become known as the National Churchill Museum. On March 10, 2018, the Missouri Society dedicated a plaque commemorating the "Iron Curtain Speech" and honoring Compatriots Churchill and Truman at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri. The NSSAR George Washington Endowment Fund Distribution Committee approved funds to assist in placing the plaque. Participating in the plaque dedication were Vice President General Robert N. Capps Jr., South Central District; and Vice Present General T. Brooks Lyles Jr., International. Twenty-one Color Guardsmen from Missouri and Kansas participated in the dedication ceremonies. Sir Winston Churchill Sir Winston Churchill served as Great Britain's prime minister during World War II, 1940-1945, and again during 1951-1955. Churchill was born on November 30, 1874 at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England. His full name is Winston Leonard Spenser-Churchill. Churchill presented his "Sinews of Peace" at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on March 5, 1946. Churchill's mother, Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome, later known as Lady Randolph Spenser Churchill, was an American from Brooklyn, New York. Through Churchill's maternal grandfather, Leonard Jerome, sometime proprietor and editor of The New York Times and known as "The King of Wall Street," Churchill had at least two forebears who fought against the British in the American War of Independence: one great-grandfather, Samuel Jerome, served in the Berkshire County Militia, while another, Major Libbeus Ball, of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment, marched and fought with George Washington's army at Valley Forge. Leonard Jerome's maternal grandfather, Reuben Murray, served as a lieutenant in the Connecticut and New York regiments, while his wife Clara's grandfather, Ambrose Hall, was a captain in the Berkshire County Militia at Bennington, Massachusetts. In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, acting under authorization granted by an act of Congress, proclaimed Churchill the first Honorary Citizen of the United States. Churchill joined the SAR in 1964 under his ancestor Lt. Reuben Murray, who served in the 17th Connecticut Regiment and 7th Albany Regiment, New York Militia. Churchill was proud of his heritage through his American mother and wrote a volume on U.S. history in his A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Churchill referenced his Revolutionary War ancestors in a speech during his visit to Colonial Williamsburg in the 1940s. During a joint session of the United States Congress on Dec. 26, 1941, Churchill made reference to his American ancestry. Churchill died at home on Jan. 24, 1965 at the age of 90. By decree of the queen, his body lay in state in Westminster Hall for three days, and a state funeral service was held at St. Paul's Cathedral. This was the first state funeral for a non-royal-family member since 1935. He is

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