US Stamps

By Michael Baadke

Died Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

January 24, 2015 06:08 AM

  • A 5¢ memorial stamp for Winston Churchill was issued by the U.S. Post Office Department shortly after the British statesman's death in 1965.

The 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill on Jan. 24, 1965, is being commemorated by many throughout the world, particularly in the United Kingdom, where he served as prime minister during the turbulent years of the second World War.

His leadership during the war cemented his friendship with President Franklin Roosevelt and inspired admiration among the American people.

Churchill's mother, Lady Randolph Churchill (born Jeanette Jerome) was an American, born in Brooklyn in 1854.

A 1963 proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy declared Sir Winston Churchill an honorary citizen of the United States.

Less than four months after Churchill's passing in 1965, the United States Post Office Department issued a 5¢ stamp honoring the British statesman (Scott 1264).

The stamp was designed by Richard Hurd using a 1941 photograph by Yousuf Karsh.