Back in time: Reluctant academic transforms into influential politician


Reluctant academic transforms into influential politician

Maria Glotfelter
Staff Writer

On April 5, 1955, Winston Churchill resigned from being the British prime minister. According to, he withdrew from the position due to poor health. In his days as a political leader, Churchill was a volatile and powerful, and he remains famous today for his actions.

Although he suffered from poor health at times, Churchill led an influential political career and was a motivational orator throughout his life. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Churchill’s younger years were filled with traveling and adventure, but also a dislike for school Descended from aristocracy; Churchill had a fairly comfortable upbringing—at least material-wise. His younger years, however, were not spent without hardship. At a young age, Churchill was sent away to boarding school, which he immensely disliked. In elementary school (Churchill had moved to a different school at this time), Churchill scored poorly on entrance exams. His poor performance in school certainly did not indicate a lack of a keen mind, but achieving low grades did limit Churchill’s options. Perhaps it was this lack of options that first drove Churchill to his military career.

Churchill joined the Royal Calvary in 1895, which resulted in his traveling to Cuba, Afghanistan, Egypt and South Africa. During this time, according to, Churchill was also a part-time journalist. Churchill seemed to have found his niche, as he was skilled at and passionate about writing. It was about five years later that Churchill’s political career began, and he remains well-known today for his political exploits. Churchill first started as a conservative party member, but changed and joined Liberal Party in 1904. He rose in political rank in the Liberal Party until he rejoined the conservative party later. From about 1929 to 1939, Churchill remained out of office where he spent time writing and making speeches according to During World War II, Churchill served as Britain’s Prime Minister. He became the Prime Minister in 1940, after Neville Chamberlain resigned. Churchill obtained much recognition during the war effort, thanks to his motivational speeches and leadership. But during the Cold War, he did not carry as much influence. By 1951, Churchill’s health had begun to fail, and his personal efforts in the Cold War were not as influential as compared to WWII. As stated on, Churchill remained a great orator, but was declared “unfit for office” by Roy Jenkins. It was his health that ultimately ended his political career. In 1955, Churchill officially left office. The great writer, orator, and politician lived another decade until his passing in 1965. He was “honored with a state funeral.”