John Edward Daniel

John Edward Daniel

John Edward Daniel (26 June 1902 – 11 February 1962) was a Welsh theologian and college lecturer who became chairman of the Welsh political party Plaid Cymru.


Daniel was born in Bangor, Gwynedd on 26 June 1902 and was educated at the Friars School, Bangor. He then won a scholarship to Oxford University, matriculating as a member of Jesus College, Oxford in 1919. He obtained a first-class degree in Literae Humaniores in 1923 and a further first-class degree in Divinity in 1925. He was then appointed to a fellowship at the Bala-Bangor theological college, and became a professor on 28 July 1926 following the death of Dr Thomas Rees. He taught Christian doctrine and the philosophy of religion and was regarded as one of the most able theologians of his generation. However, his publications were few: " _cy. Dysgeidiaeth yr Apostol Paul" (1933) and some journal articles. Although he was never ordained, he was an able preacher.cite web|url=|title=Daniel, John Edward (1902–1962), college lecturer and inspector of schools |last=Jones|first=Robert Tudur |work=Welsh Biography Online |publisher=National Library of Wales | accessdate=2008-06-04]

He was a prominent Welsh nationalist and member of Plaid Cymru. He contributed to its newspaper (" _cy. Y Ddraig Goch") and stood unsuccessfully as a candidate in four general elections. He was vice-chairman from 1931 to 1935, and succeeded Saunders Lewis as chairman in 1939 (holding the position until August 1943). In 1946, Daniel was appointed as an inspector of schools, with special responsibility for classics and religious education. He died as the result of a road accident near Halkyn, Flintshire on 11 February 1962.


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