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JOHN , EDWARD THOMAS ( 1857 - 1931 ), industrialist and politician ;

b. 14 March 1857 at Pontypridd . His industrial career was bound up with Middlesbrough , where he was on the staff of the firm of Bolckow Vaughan , ironmasters — a firm founded by John Vaughan 1799? - 1868 ), a Welshman , which attracted many Welshmen to Middlesbrough at one period (see under Williams , Edward , 1826 - 1886 .) [Later, John and a man named Torbock bought the Dinsdale Iron-works , and later still these works joined forces with Bolckow Vaughan 's works at Linthorpe to form the Linthorpe-Dinsdale smelting company .] After retiring from active management, John took up politics. He was Liberal M.P. for east Denbighshire 1910-18 , but was defeated in the ‘coupon’ election of 1918 by Sir D.S. Davies (q.v.) , and was again unsuccessful [as a Labour candidate ] in Anglesey ( 1922 ) — he resided at that time at Plas Llanidan . Throughout his political life he was a zealous advocate of home rule for Wales , and diligently assembled statistical data to strengthen the economic arguments in its favour. For ten years he was president of the ‘ Union of Welsh Societies ’ (a cultural organization); he was also president of the ‘ Peace Society ,’ 1924-7 . Though an indifferent public speaker, he was an active writer , contributing many articles to newspapers and to such periodicals as Y Beirniad and The Welsh Outlook . He d. 16 Feb. 1931 .


  • Who was who? ;
  • information from the late Mr E. Morgan Humphreys
  • [and from Mr. Iolo A. Williams ].


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959