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James Jones (1837-1899)

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James Jones (1837-1899)

1900 Obituary [1]

JAMES JONES, of Brookland, Swansea, died on November 16, 1899, in his sixty-third year. He was High Sheriff of Cardiganshire, a Justice of the Peace for Cardiganshire and Glamorganshire, and an ex-Mayor of Swansea. He officially attended Bristol in connection with the visit to that city of Her Majesty the Queen the day before his death. Feeling somewhat unwell, he telegraphed for his son, Mr. R. W. Jones, who joined him, and they left Bristol for Swansea. He died during the journey.

He was very popular with all classes. Amiable and generous, he was welcomed everywhere. As Mayor of Swansea he dispensed lavish hospitality, and for many years he played a prominent part in the municipal government of Swansea. He was born at Aberystwyth in 1837, but came to Swansea somewhat early in life, and entered the service of Messrs. Philips & Son, wholesale grocers, Castle Square, and was permanently engaged as a traveller. About twelve years after he started business on his own account. He was remarkably successful. He built up a great business, and retired from it several years ago a very wealthy man. He took an active interest in friendly society work. He was patron of the Loyal James Jones Lodge (Independent Order of Foresters, Manchester Union), and very frequently he paid the subscriptions of large numbers of members, in his own as well as in other lodges. He was a member of the Board of Guardians for many years. He was part proprietor (jointly with David Richards, Esq.) of the Dynevor Tin Plate Works, Pantyffynon, near Swansea, and was also one of the founders and director of Weaver's Flour Mills, Swansea.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1890.

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