b. 16 June 1817, youngest son of William James, maltster, of Merthyr Tydfil, who was a brother of Christopher James (see James, Sir William Milbourne). He was educated at Taliesin Williams's school at Merthyr and at Goulstone's boarding school, Bristol (1830-2). On leaving school he was articled to William Perkins (afterwards his partner) and admitted solicitor in 1838. He m. Sarah, daughter of Thomas Thomas, founder of the firm of Christopher Thomas, soap manufacturers, Bristol. He played an active part in the civic life of Merthyr, was chairman of the Science and Art Committee, and an enthusiastic supporter of the town library. Brought up a Wesleyan, he later became a Unitarian, and president of the Unitarian Association. He was one of the chief sponsors of Henry Richard in 1868 and in 1880 joined him in the representation of the Merthyr Boroughs. In 1888 he retired in favour of D. A. Thomas, lord Rhondda. He died at Merthyr, 3 Oct. 1890. In 1892 were published three slight volumes by him entitled Seven Lectures on Various Subjects; Letters … giving a Description of the Customs and Rules of the House of Commons; and What I remember about myself and old Merthyr.
Published date: 1959
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