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JONES , JOSIAH TOWYN ( 1858 - 1925 ), Congregational minister, and Member of Parliament ;

b. 28 Dec. 1858 at New Quay, Cards. , son of John Jones , shoe-maker , and Elizabeth his wife. He left school at 11 and after tending sheep became a cabin-boy on the smacks Elizabeth and James and Mary , trading between the southern seaports of Wales and Ireland . In 1874 he was dismissed his ship for breaking crockery. He then entered the Towyn grammar school ( New Quay ), and, in 1876 , the Presbyterian College , Carmarthen . He was ordained minister of Gwernllwyn , Dowlais ( 1880 ), and later ministered to New Bethel , Cwmaman ( 1885-1906 ), resigning to become Home Missioner under the Union of Welsh Independents , an office which he held until 1912 . In 1920 he was the chairman of the Union . Between 1885 and 1912 he developed into one of the great preachers of his denomination, and became a leading figure on the Liberal platform, in close alliance with T. E. Ellis and afterwards with David Lloyd George . In 1912 he became Member of Parliament for East Carmarthenshire , in 1917 Welsh Whip and Junior Lord of the Treasury . From 1918 he represented Llanelly in the Coalition Parliament , resigning his seat owing to ill-health in 1922 . He d. 16 Nov. 1925 at Ammanford .

Sources:

  • Private information.

Author:

David Thomas Jones, M.A., Ll.B., (1889-1953), Haverfordwest

Published date: 1959