John Edward Daniel

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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: Dysgeidiaeth yr Apostol Paul (1933) and some journal articles. Although he was never ordained, he was an able preacher.[1]

He was a prominent Welsh nationalist and member of Plaid Cymru. He contributed to its newspaper (Y Ddraig Goch) and stood unsuccessfully as a candidate in three general elections and a by-election in 1945. 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b Jones, Robert Tudur. "Daniel, John Edward (1902–1962), college lecturer and inspector of schools". Welsh Biography Online. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Saunders Lewis
President of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Abi Williams