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Alfred Edwards (bishop)

Alfred Edwards (bishop)

British bishop
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro British bishop
A.K.A. Alfred George Edwards
Occupations Priest
Gender male
Birth 2 November 1848
Death 22 July 1937
Education Jesus College
The details

Alfred George Edwards, DD (2 November 1848 - 22 July 1937) was elected the first archbishop of the disestablished Church in Wales.
The son of a priest of the Church of England, Edwards was born in Llanymawddwy in Gwynedd. He studied at Jesus College, Oxford, before being appointed warden of Llandovery College in 1875. In the same year he was ordained as a priest and in 1885 he was appointed the vicar of St Peter's Church, Carmarthen.
In 1889 Edwards was appointed the Bishop of St Asaph. He was a strong defender of the rights of the established Church of England in Wales in the face of mounting call for disestablishment from the nonconformist and liberal majority.
He was Honorary Chaplain to the Denbighshire Yeomanry from 2 August 1902.
When the Church of England in Wales was disestablished and became the Church in Wales in 1920, he was elected the first Archbishop of Wales. He retired in 1934, died in 1937 and was buried at St Asaph.

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