John Newell Jordan (1852 - 1925):
John Jordan was born in Balloo, County Down, and was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Queen's College, Belfast, where he graduated as a Master of Arts. In 1876 he went as a student interpreter to China and by 1896 had been appointed Consul-General for Korea. He was knighted in 1904. From 1906 to 1920 he was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Peking and in 1915 was appointed a Privy Councillor. For his work as a diplomat he had conferred upon him the honour of Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. He attended the Washington Naval Conference of 1921-1922, concerning nine countries' interests in the Pacific and East Asia (in fact it was the first international conference held in the United States and the first arms control conference in history He died in London.
The National Portrait Gallery has three photographic images of him (Walter Stoneman, 1920) and a portrait by Frank McKelvey hangs in the Great Hall of Queen's University, Belfast. He is also commemorated in the name of Jordan Road in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.
|Born:||5 September 1852|
|Died:||14 September 1925|
Additional research Richard Froggatt (11/2014)
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