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Chun Pay Hu

Pinyin & Chinese characters Chen Peihu 陈佩瑚

Variant Spellings & Other Names

Chin Pae Woo1
P. W. Chin2
Woo Chin Poy3
Poy Woo Chinn4

Other Chinese Names Chen Bishan 陈碧珊

Detachment 2
LaFargue No. 54
Date of Birth 1863

Place of Birth Nanhai, Guangdong

Age at Departure for U.S. 11 (Lunar Calendar)
Date of Death  4 November 19064
Place of Death Hong Kong
Place(s) of residence in U.S. (1) East Windsor, CT
(2) Hartford, CT5
(3) Norwich, CT6
(4) New Haven, CT7
American Host Family/ies

(1) Host family in East Windsor, CT, unknown.
(2) William R. Potter, Hartford, CT5
(3) Patrick Burke, Norwich, CT
George H. Martin, L. A. Garett, Edward Howard, M. W. Hakes, Norwich, CT6

School(s), with dates Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, CT, 1877-18808

Notable activities/ awards in school "Among the graduates of the Norwich Free Academy, Wednesday evening, June 30, was a young Chinaman named Wood [sic] Poy Chin, who was sent to this country almost in his infancy to be educated. He has passed through all the grades of the common schools and has now, at the end of six years, gone through the Academy in three years. Thus, in little more than six years, he has accomplished more than it takes the average youth twelve years to accomplish. He will go to Providence to enter Brown University next fall."9

College/University, with dates Yale College, 1880-81 (entered with Class of 1884; left upon termination of CEM in 1881)

Notable activities/ awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China Assigned to Tianjin to study law.

Later Positions

U.S. Consular service in Canton and Hong Kong10

1886 and 1887, employed at American consulate at Zhenjiang11

Employment sector(s) Consular Service
Final rank, if in gov't service

Father's name Chen Chitang 陈熾堂 ("Chi Tong Chinn of Singapore"4)
Mother's name  
Wife/wives “Chin is married and in China."2
Family relations w/ other CEM students

Children's Names



In 1905 the Directory of the Yale University Alumni Association of China, Directory (1905), p. 2, lists Chun Pay Hu as “P. W. Chin (Poy Woo Chin at Y.),” and identifies him as a non-graduating member of the “Academical” (Yale College) Class of ’84. His “official rank” (as of 1905) is said to be “Expectant Sub-Magistrate, 1st Order.”

Notes and Sources

1. Springfield Daily Republican, 26 July 1873, 3.

2. Holmes (1884), 13.

3. Robyn (1996), 161. In this source the name "Woo Chin Poy" is incorrectly listed as a variant for "Woo Chung Yen" (Wu Zhongxiang 吴仲贤 II, 33).

4. "Poy Woo Chinn" (posthumous biography), in Daggett (1914), 428.

5. Hartford residence and host: Robyn (1996), p. 145

6. Norwich residence: U.S. Census of June 1880 places Chun with Patrick Burke. Robyn (1996), p. 145 places him with four separate hosts in Norwich: George H. Martin, L. A. Garett, Edward Howard, and M. W. Hakes. Leung (1988b), 404-405, places him with L. A. Garett, Edward Howard, and M. W. Hakes.

7. During his Freshman year at Yale, 1880-1881, Chun Pay Hu boarded at No. 44 Elm Street, New Haven, CT. The Yale Banner, Vol. xxxvii (New Haven, 1880), p. 35.

8. Rhoads (2011), p. 97, Table 7.2.

9. Religious Herald, 8 July 1880, 3:2 (among notes and transcriptions of news items collected from Hartford and Springfield papers by Phyllis Kihn, late Editor of Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin; copy supplied by B. Chan).  By the time of his graduation from Norwich Academy, Wed., 30 June 1880, Chun may already have chosen to enter Yale, rather than Brown, since he would have been required to pass the entrance exams for admission to Yale as a Freshman two days later, Fri.-Sat., 2-3 July 1880.  Classes in Yale's "Academical Department" began Thur., 16 September 1880. (The Yale Banner, Vol. xxxvi [New Haven, 1879]; Vol. xxxvii [New Haven, 1880]).

10. Yung Shang Him (1939), 25, Yung Shang Him (10/1939), 249.

11. Rhoads (2011), p. 203.