Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, Charles Richard John
British, 1871 - 1934
Marlborough 9th Duke of
The Duke succeeded his father in 1892. He was a Knight of the Garter, and held many governmental positions. These include Paymaster-General of the Forces (1899-1902), Mayor of Woodstock (1907-1908), Under-Secretary of State to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries (1917-1918), and finally Lord Lieutenant and custos rotulorum of Oxfordshire. His military service included the posts of honorary Colonel of the 3rd Battalion of Oxford and Buckinghamshire, Lt.-Col. of the Oxfordshire Hussars, and Staff Captain of the Imperial Yeomanry in the South African War (1900), for which he earned a medal. He acted as Lord High Steward at the Coronation of Edward VII. Spencer-Churchill married twice; his 1895 marriage to Consuelo Vanderbilt [d. 1964] of New York produced two sons, but ended in divorce in 1921. On 25 June of that year, he married Gladys Marie Deacon, formerly of Boston.