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HALL , BENJAMIN ( 1778 - 1817 ), industrialist ; b. 29 Sept. 1778 , elder son of Dr. Benjamin Hall , chancellor of Llandaff . He was educated at Christ Church , Oxford ( B.A. 1798 , M.A. 1801 ), and called to the Bar from Lincoln's Inn , 1801 . He m. Charlotte , younger daughter of Richard Crawshay of Cyfarthfa , 16 Dec. 1801 . His father-in-law made him a partner when he purchased the Rhymney iron works ( 1803 ), presented him with the Abercarn estate ( 1808 ), and made him residuary legatee and executor under his will. Hall owned Hensol castle in Glamorgan . He was M.P. for Totnes 1806-12 , and Westbury 1812-14 . He was elected member for Glamorgan on 28 Nov. 1814 , and remained member until his early death on 31 July 1817 . His importance in the history of Wales lies in the fact that he was the first great industrialist to enter the political field in Wales in opposition to the landed interests.

Bibliography:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • John Lloyd , The early history of the old South Wales Iron Works (1760 to 1840) from original documents , 1906 , 1906 ;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales , 1895 , 1895 ;
  • The Cardiff Times , 25 Jan. 1896 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor David Williams, D.Litt., (1900-78), Aberystwyth