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Thomas, David Alfred, first Viscount Rhondda (1856–1918), politician and industrialist, was born at Ysguborwen, Aberdâr, on 26 March 1856, the fifteenth of the seventeen children—of whom five survived—born to Samuel Thomas (1800–1879), a Merthyr shopkeeper turned coal entrepreneur, and his second wife, Rachel...

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David Alfred Thomas, first Viscount Rhondda (1856–1918) by Solomon Joseph Solomon, exh. RA 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London