John Jordan (diplomat)
|The Right Honourable
Sir John Newell Jordan
GCMG, GCIE, KCB, PC
|Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from the United Kingdom to the Qing Empire|
19 September 1906 – 12 March 1910
|Preceded by||R.G. Townley|
|Succeeded by||William Grenfell Max-Muller|
|Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from the United Kingdom to the Republic of China|
28 November 1910 – 1 March 1920
|Preceded by||William Grenfell Max-Muller|
|Succeeded by||Sir Beilby Alston|
5 September 1852|
Balloo, County Down, Ireland, United Kingdom
|Died||14 September 1925(aged 73)|
|Alma mater||Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Queen's College, Belfast
Queen's College, Cork
Jordan was born in Balloo, County Down, Ireland, the son of a wealthy Presbyterian farmer. He apparently never lost his Irish accent. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Queen's College, Belfast and Queen's College, Cork. In 1876 he joined the Chinese Consular Service as a student interpreter. He held various posts in South China before being appointed Chinese Secretary at the British Legation in Peking in 1891. In 1896 he was appointed Consul-General at Seoul, Korea, becoming Chargé d'affaires in 1898 and Minister-Resident in August 1901. He remained there until November 1905, being appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 1904.
In 1906 he was appointed HM Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to China as the successor to Sir Ernest Satow and remained in the post until his retirement in 1920. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 1909 Birthday Honours, Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (GCIE) in 1911, and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in the 1920 Birthday Honours shortly after his retirement. He was also appointed to the Privy Council in 1915, entitling him to the style "The Right Honourable".
Jordan, despite his retirement, was a delegate to the Washington Naval Conference of 1921–1922.
- The London Gazette: . 9 August 1901.
- Biography, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography