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THOMAS , ALFRED , baron Pontypridd ( 1840 - 1927 ), of Bronwydd , Cardiff ; b. 16 Sept. 1840 , at Llwyn-y-grant , Pen-y-lan , Cardiff , son of Daniel Thomas , contractor . He was educated at Weston school , near Bath , and spent his life in his father's business at Cardiff . He was a member of the Cardiff boro. council for eleven years, being first elected in 1875 , was mayor in 1881-2 , and received the freedom of the boro. in 1887 . He represented the newly-formed constituency of east Glamorgan from 1885 until his retirement in 1910 , and was elected chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary Liberal Party in 1898 . He was also justice of the peace for Cardiff and Glamorgan , and deputy-lieutenant for Glamorgan . The movement to establish a University College at Cardiff in 1882 found in him a very ardent supporter, and he became a member of the council and subsequently its president . He was also the first president of the National Museum of Wales . A Baptist in religion, he was elected president of the Welsh Baptist Union in 1886 . He was knighted in 1902 , and raised to the peerage in 1912 . He d., unmarried, 14 Dec. 1927 .

Bibliography:

  • Who's who in Wales , 1921 ;
  • South Wales Daily News , 15 Dec. 1927 ;
  • The Daily Telegraph , 15 Dec. 1927 ;
  • Western Mail , 25 June 1930 ;
  • Seren Cymru , 23 Dec. 1927 ;
  • Seren Gomer , 1928 , 40;
  • Adroddiad Undeb Bedyddwyr Cymru. , 1886 .

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth