Stuart, John Leighton

Stuart, John Leighton

(1876–1972) Protestant missionary, educator; born in Hangchow, China. The son of Presbyterian missionaries, he graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, was ordained a Presbyterian minister, and returned to China in 1904. He was a professor at Nanking Theological Seminary from 1908 to 1919; in the latter year he became first president of Yenching University in Peking. Named U.S. ambassador to China in 1946, he returned to the U.S.A. in 1949 after the consolidation of Communist power. His memoir, Fifty Years in China, appeared in 1954.
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