Born at Garthmyl, Montgomeryshire, 9 November 1836, son of Erskine Humphreys, barrister; A. J. Johnes was his maternal uncle. In 1876, he inherited the estates of the Owen family of Glansevern (formerly of Cefn-hafodau), and took the name ‘Humphreys-Owen.’ From Harrow he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1860; he was called to the Bar in 1863. He took a prominent part in the public life of his county and of Wales, especially in the promotion of secondary and higher education. He was M.P. for the county from 1894 till 1905, chairman of the Central Welsh Board for Intermediate Education from 1896 till 1905, an active supporter of the University College of Wales and of the University of Wales which he had done much to bring into being. In politics, he was a convinced Liberal. He died 9 December 1905.
Published date: 1959
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