Gongsun Du

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Gongsun Du
Warlord of Han Dynasty
Born (Unknown)
Died 204
Simplified Chinese 公孙度
Traditional Chinese 公孫度
Pinyin Gōngsūn Dù
Wade–Giles Kung-sun Tu
Courtesy name Shengji (traditional Chinese: 升濟; simplified Chinese: 升济; pinyin: Shēngjì; Wade–Giles: Sheng-chi)

Gongsun Du (died 204), courtesy name Shengji, was a military general and warlord who lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. He did not get the opportunity to really get into battle until Dong Zhuo seized power from Emperor Shao. Dong Zhuo, hoping to expand the empire, gave Gongsun Du the command to attack present-day Korea from across the sea. Du was successful in his attack and set up the Daifang and Lelang commanderies, among others.

Under another order of Dong Zhuo, Gongsun Du took over the Liaoning prefecture. This would be the beginning of the Gongsun power in the northeast. Gongsun Du would go on to send Gongsun Muo and Zhang Pi to present-day South Korea in an attempt to gain more land. In the ninth year of Jian'an (204), Gongsun Du died and his son Gongsun Kang took his position and controlled the far northeast.

Appointments and titles held[edit]

  • Commandery minor official (郡吏)
  • Gentleman in the Imperial Secretariat (尚書郎)
  • Inspector of Ji Province (冀州刺史)
  • Administrator of Liaodong (遼東太守)
  • General of Military Might (武威將軍)
  • Marquis of Yongning District (永寧鄉侯)

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