Chen Lanbin

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Chen Lanbin
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1st Chinese Ambassador to the US
In office
11 December 1875 – 24 June 1881
Monarch Guangxu
Preceded by position established
Succeeded by Zheng Zaru
Personal details
Born 1816 (1816)
Qing dynasty Wuchuan, Guangdong,
Qing Dynasty, China
Died 1895 (aged 78–79)
Qing dynasty Wuchuan, Guangdong,
Qing Dynasty, China
Nationality Chinese
Occupation Diplomat

Chen Lanbin (simplified Chinese: 陈兰彬; Hanyu Pinyin: Chén Lánbīn; traditional Chinese: 陳蘭彬; 1816–1895), courtesy name Li Qiu (荔秋) was the first Chinese Minister to the United States during the Qing Dynasty.[1]

Chen was a native of Wuchuan City in Guangdong Province. He passed the highest imperial examination in 1853 at the age of 24 and entered the Hanlin Academy. He soon became the head of two departments of the Qing government in succession. In 1872 he was sent to the United States and named commissioner of the Chinese Educational Commission in Hartford, Connecticut, despite knowing no English.[2] He occupied numerous other positions until 1875, when he began acting as the government's representative in the United States. He was formally named the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Spain, and Peru in 1878, a position that he held until 1881.[1]


  1. ^ a b Lin Bude (October 2007). 七律·读清代名臣陈兰彬生平事迹感怀四首(之四) (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  2. ^ Brawner Bevis, Teresa. Chinese Students in US Colleges, The First Hundred Years.