Michael D. Jones
Michael Daniel Jones was a Welsh Congregationalist minister and principal of a theological college, but is best remembered as a founder of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia known as Y Wladfa and as one of the fathers of modern Welsh nationalism.
Jones was born in Llanuwchllyn, Merioneth (Gwynedd) in 1822. After training for the ministry in Carmarthen and London, he emigrated to America and was ordained at Cincinnati. After the death of his father he returned to Wales to follow him as the principal of Bala Congregational College.
Michael D. Jones is recognised as the first to advocate a political solution to defending Welsh identity, and therefore is seen as one of the most significant forerunners of Welsh nationalism.
Michael D. Jones on the Glaniad website
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