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John Profumo
Profumo
Historical Figure
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 1915
Date of Death: 2006
Cause of Death: Stroke
Occupation: Politician, Nobleman
Spouse: Valerie Hobson
Military Branch: British Army (World War II)
Political Party: Conservative Party
Political Office(s): Member of Parliament for Kettering and then Stratford-Upon-Avon,
Secretary of State for War
Turtledove Appearances:
"A Massachusetts Yankee in King Arthur's Court"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
John Dennis Profumo, CBE (30 January 1915 - 9 March 2006) was a British politician, serving as an MP beginning in 1940. He is best remembered for his affair with Christine Keeler while he served as Secretary of State for War in the Conservative government of PM Harold Macmillan. The affair, which lasted from 1961 until 1963, when the affair came to light. While the philandering was bad enough, it was made worse by the fact that Keeler was also involved in a relationship with the senior naval attaché at the Soviet Embassy, adding national security concerns. While the Conservatives had been in a period of declining popularity, the Profumo Affair didn't help. Profumo himself resigned in 1963. He spent the remainder of his life engaged in charity work.

John Profumo in "A Massachusetts Yankee in King Arthur's Court"Edit

John Profumo's unfortunate behavior was foremost on the British people's mind in 1963. When Prime Minister Harold Macmillan met with United States President John F. Kennedy, people in the crowd outside 10 Downing Street yelled out "Where's Profumo?"

In contrast, Kennedy was met with unbridled applause.

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