John Jones

man of letters (1820-1898)

1820   -   1898

occupation: literary, grocer

John Jones, often known as Ivon (10 May 1820 - 6 September 1898) was a Welsh radical and man of letters, who played a prominent role in the political life of Cardiganshire and beyond in the late nineteenth century. He was a close acquaintance of the radical preacher Kilsby Jones. Jones was born in the Mynydd-bach area in upland Cardiganshire, received little formal education. He became a grocer and relatively prosperous tradesman in Aberystwyth where he lived from 1835 until his death.He actively participated in the religious and literary life of Aberystwyth, before it became a university town. He was the secretary of the National Eisteddfod held at Aberystwyth in 1865, and received a gold medal for his services. He was an active Calvinistic Methodist. In later years, he published material on history and folklore. In 1865, Ivon was a prominent supporter of David Davies in his unsuccessful campaign in the Cardiganshire constituency.Ivon died on 6 September 1898 and was buried at Aberystwyth.
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