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EVANS , Sir DAVID OWEN ( 1876 - 1945 ), barrister, industrialist and politician ;

b. 5 Feb. 1876 in Penbryn, Cards. , son of William Evans , farmer , and his wife. He was educated at Llandovery College and the Imperial College of Science , London . In 1896 he entered the Civil Service and was attached to the Inland Revenue Department . He m. 1899 , Kate Morgan . Whilst in the Civil Service he studied law and was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1909 . He practised as a barrister and published a book entitled Law of Old Age Pensions: Finance Act 1909-10 . At the suggestion of Lord Melchett (then Sir Alfred Mond ) he joined the Mond Nickel Company, Ltd. in 1916 , later becoming Director of this company and a Vice-President of the International Nickel Co. of Canada, Ltd. In 1932 , he was elected M.P. (Liberal) for Cardiganshire and he represented that constituency until 1945 . He was greatly interested in Welsh institutions and was a member of the Council of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , the National Library of Wales , and the National Museum of Wales . A keen musician and eisteddfodwr , he was president of the Council of the National Eisteddfod during the period when the new Constitution of the Council was adopted. To the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth , of which College he was Treasurer , he was a generous benefactor. He was knighted a week before his death on 11 June 1945 .


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Thomas Maelgwyn Davies, O.B.E., M.A. (1904-66), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001