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See also P.N. Davies , Sir Alfred Jones ( 1978 ).


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JONES , Sir ALFRED LEWIS ( 1845 - 1909 );

b. 24 Feb. 1845 , at Carmarthen , son of Daniel Jones by his wife, Mary , daughter of Henry Williams , rector of Llanedy, Carms. The family moved to Liverpool when he was 2 years of age. Commencing his career as a ship's apprentice , he became a clerk in the firm of Fletcher and Parr , shipping agents , and rose to be manager of the firm. He subsequently became one of the leading figures in the firm of Elder Dempster , and played a major part in the shipping and general trade of the West African coast . He also had a great share in restoring prosperity to the Canary Islands . In 1900 he was invited by Joseph Chamberlain , then Secretary for the Colonies , to co-operate in developing the trade of the West Indies . He helped to form the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 1899 . In June 1902 he founded the British Cotton Growing Association , and in June 1903 became chairman of the Liverpool Institute of Tropical Research . He was also a president of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce , and a member of Mr. Chamberlain 's tariff commission formed in 1904 . In 1901 he was made K.C.M.G. and, in 1905 , an honorary Fellow of Jesus College , Oxford . He was also the recipient of many foreign decorations. He d. 13 Dec. 1909 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • NLW MS 9261;
  • Who was who? .


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001