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Richard Davies (29 November 1818 - 27 October 1896) was a Welsh businessman and ship-owner and non-conformist Liberal politician.

Davies was born at Llangefni, Anglesey, the son of Richard Davies, a merchant of Llangefni, and his wife Anne Jones of Coed Hywel.[1] He was educated at Llangefni national school. When his father set up subsidiary businesses under the management of his three sons, Richard Davies was assigned to the old ferry-terminal of Porthaethwy, which was reconstituted as Menai Bridge. This timber importing business developed so successfully that all the family became involved and the business developed into large-scale ship-owning which generated considerable wealth.[2]

Davies became a notable figure in politics as a Welsh radical nonconformist. He stood as Liberal candidate for Caernarvon at the 1852 election but lost by 93 votes. Davies was Anglesey's first Nonconformist J.P. and was High Sheriff of Anglesey in 1858. He was elected Member of Parliament for Anglesey in the election of 1868.[3] He retained the seat till 1886, when he retired, being opposed to the proposal for Irish Home Rule.[2]

At one time Davies lived at Bwlch-y-fen, but afterwards at Treborth, opposite Menai Bridge and was a benefactor to Bangor Normal College and to the ‘British’ schools. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey in 1884.[2]

Davies died at Treborth at the age of 77 and was buried in Llandysilio churchyard.

Davies married Anne Rees, daughter of Rev. Henry Rees of Liverpool and niece of William Rees in 1855 and had several children, one of whom was Henry Rees Davies.[4]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Richard Williams-Bulkeley, Bt
Member of Parliament for Anglesey
18681886
Succeeded by
Thomas Lewis
Honorary titles
Preceded by
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High Sheriff of Anglesey
1858–1859
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
William Owen Stanley
Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey
1884 – 1896
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Williams-Bulkeley, Bt
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