Gongsun Kang

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Gongsun Kang
General of the Left (左將軍)
In office
207 (207) – ? (?)
Monarch Emperor Xian of Han
Administrator of Liaodong (遼東太守)
In office
204 (204) – ? (?)
Monarch Emperor Xian of Han
Personal details
Born Unknown
Died Unknown
Relations Gongsun Gong (brother)
Father Gongsun Du
Occupation Official, warlord
Peerage Marquis of Xiangping

Gongsun Kang (fl. 200s) was an official and minor warlord who lived in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He became a vassal of the state of Cao Wei in the early Three Kingdoms period.


Gongsun Kang was a son of Gongsun Du, the Administrator of Liaodong appointed by the Han central government. In 204, he inherited his father's appointment and controlled the territories of Liaodong, Xuantu and Lelang commanderies. He was nominally subject to the Han chancellor Cao Cao, while keeping his domain semi-independent of the central government. In 207, when Yuan Shang and Yuan Xi fled to Liaodong after being defeated by Cao Cao's forces, Gongsun Kang killed the Yuans and sent their heads to Cao Cao.

Gongsun also defeated Yiyimo, the king of Goguryeo, at his capital and forced him to move the capital. He separated the southern half of Lelang Commandery and established Daifang Commandery in 204 to make administration more efficient. He also attacked the southern natives and forced them to submit to Han rule.

When Gongsun Kang died, his younger brother Gongsun Gong succeeded him because his sons were still young at the time. Gongsun Kang's son Gongsun Yuan took back control of Liaodong in 228.

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