James Avent

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James Avent
Tsingtao Avent Farewell From Standard Oil Office 1938.jpg
Farewell photograph for James Avent (seated right) when he was transferred from the Standard Oil Tsingtao office, April 1938
Born James Monroe Avent
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S.
Died 1995
Sewanee, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Business
Spouse(s) Jeannette Avent
Children Jacqueline Avent, Mayna Avent, James Monroe Avent
Parent(s) Mayna Treanor Avent (mother)
Frank Avent (father)

James Monroe Avent (1895–1995) was a Standard Oil executive based in China from 1919 until 1949. Son of noted artist Mayna Treanor Avent, Avent arrived in China shortly after World War I and, apart from a period during World War II, lived there with his family.

Early life[edit]

James Avent was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1895. He attended the University of the South from 1915 until 1917 after which he fought for the United States during World War I.


After the end of the First World War, Avent joined Standard Oil and was assigned to the company's Tsingtao office.[1] Later, he was transferred with his family among a number of Chinese cities. During this time Harriet Nelson, the sister of Avent's wife Jeanette, met and married famed World War II submarine commander Mush Morton.

Avent lived in China until 1949 after which he retired with his family to Sewanee, Tennessee. He lived there until his death in 1995.


  • Keith, Don (2011). Undersea Warrior: The World War II Story of 'Mush' Morton and the USS Wahoo. 2011. NAL Caliber, New American Library, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-23488-9


  1. ^ Keith, Don (2011). p 28