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WILLIAMS , CHRISTMAS PRICE ( 1881 - 1965 ), politician and engineer ;

b. 25 Dec. 1881 , the son of Peter Williams and Mary Price his wife, Brymbo Hall , Wrexham, Denbs. His father was the managing director of the Brymbo Steel Co. He was educated at Grove Park School , Wrexham , at Mold , and at Victoria University , Manchester , where he graduated B.Sc. (with honours) in science and M.Sc. He earned his living as an engineer at Sheffield , Warrington and South Africa , and held a number of important managerial positions . Williams undertook research work on the industrial potential of Canada . In 1924 he was elected M.P. (Lib.) for Wrexham following an electoral pact with local Conservatives , when he defeated the historian Robert Richards (see above) . He was bitterly disappointed when Richards re-captured the seat in 1929 , and his political career came to an abrupt end. He served as J.P. for Lincolnshire , was a Congregationalist and deeply interested in music .

He m. 23 June 1909 , Marion , dau. of Thomas Davies , Brymbo . She was the author of a number of novels and plays . They lived at Sanddeth House , Gwersyllt , Wrexham , and briefly at 42B Courtfield Gardens , London . He d. 18 Aug. 1965 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • Who's who in Wales (1937) ;
  • Dod's Parliamentary Companion ;
  • The Liberal year book 1928 ;
  • The Times guide to the House of Commons (1929) 1929 ;
  • papers of Sir Henry Haydn Jones at N.L.W.

Author:

Dr John Graham Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001