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PHILLIPS , DANIEL THOMAS ( 1842 - 1905 ), Baptist minister and American consul ;

b. at Tredegar , 19 Dec. 1842 , the son of Thomas Phillips , a Calvinistic Methodist minister . He was baptized into the Baptist communion at Cwm-bach , Aberdare , and, as a youth, joined the Tabernacle church , Cardiff , while working as a clerk in the town clerk's office . He was trained at Haverfordwest Baptist College , and became minister at Llantwit Major , Swansea , and Bristol , before emigrating to the United States . There he ministered to churches in Philadelphia , Port Chester , Baltimore , and Chicago . Like most Welsh immigrants he adhered to the Republican Party , and he took a very active part in the presidential campaign in 1896 on behalf of William McKinley . On this account, president McKinley nominated him consul at Cardiff , where he took up duties on 31 Aug. 1897 . He took an interest in the religious life of the district and in the affairs of the Cardiff Baptist College . He d. at Cardiff , 3 Jan. 1905 . He published a volume of sermons and other ephemeral works.


  • South Wales Daily News , 4 Jan. 1905 ;
  • memoir by Charles Davies in Y Geninen , March 1907 ;
  • information from American Consulate, Cardiff.


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

Published date: 1959