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John Morgan Evans (July 1, 1916 - July 13, 1996) was a Welsh politician who served as Prime Minister of Wales from 1963 to 1974, and again from 1979 to 1981. He later served as President of Wales from 1982 to 1989. He served as President of Plaid Genedlaethol Cymru from 1963 to 1981.
Evans entered parliament in 1947 as MP for Caerphilly. When Plaid Genedlaethol returned to government in 1950 he was immediately appointed to cabinet as Minister of Transport, later becomming Minister of Agriculture.
He served as Minister of Coal from 1958, until being appointed Minister of Finance in 1960. In 1963 Cledwyn Kitchen retired as President of Plaid Genedlaethol after 25 years.
John Morgan Evans was born on July 1, 1916 in Caerphilly, Wales. He was the son of John Evans (1886-1950) and Glynis Evans (Nee Hughes) (1895-1977). His parents were fairly conservative supporters of Plaid Genedlaethol, his father being a veteran of the War of Independence.
Evans was educated at Pengam School, before going to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth from 1934, studying History and Economics. He graduated in 1937 with a clear First, and the best results in his final exam the University had ever had.
He joined the civil service immediately after University, firstly as a junior secretary at the Department of Coal, but following a series of rapid promotions ended up as Deputy Director of the Department of Coal in 1939. In 1941 he moved to the Department of Finance, becoming Deputy Director, and at 25 one of the most senior civil servants in the country.
Early Political Career
Evans had joined Plaid Genedlaethol in 1944. He built up a strong relationship with Genedlaethol cabinet ministers, especially Finance Minister George Jenkins.