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Kwong King Huan1


1. c. 1873-74, Ct. Hist. Soc.? 2. c. 1880, Ct. Hist. Soc.?


Pinyin & Chinese characters Kuang Jingyuan 邝景垣

Variant Spellings & Other Names

Kwang Kin Wan2
Kwon King Hoon
Kwong King-woon3
King Hoon Kwong4
Kwang Ting-hung5

Other Chinese Names

Detachment 2
LaFargue No. 55
Date of Birth 1861
Place of Birth Nanhai, Guangdong

Age at Departure for U.S. 13 (Lunar Calendar)
Date of Death Died at home, soon after returning to China in summer of 1880.5

Place of Death Nanhai
Place(s) of residence in U.S. Northampton, MA

American Host Family/ies Martha Ely Matthews, Northampton, MA
School(s), with dates

Northampton High School (withdrew in 1880 because of illness).5

Notable activities/ awards in school Began a scientific course in high school before ill health forced him to return to China in July 1880.5

College/University, with dates

Notable activities/ awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China

Later Positions


Employment sector(s)

Final rank, if in gov't service

Father's name

Mother's name  
Family relations w/ other CEM students

Children's Names



In Tong (1905), the author, Tong Kai-son (Tang Guoan 唐国安 II, 49), characterizes Kwong as “a young man of excellent and exemplary character, whose fine scholarship won the admiration of all his teachers in the Public High School at Northampton.”  According to Tong, while a student at Northampton, Kwong so impressed his mathematics teacher with the nobility of his character and his scholarly conduct that she “fell in love with him” and would very likely have returned “to China with him as a missionary, or remained in the United States to work among the Chinese in New York or San Francisco.”  However, the breakdown in Kwong’s health before he could complete his course of study forced him to return to China where he shortly died. 

Notes and Sources

1. “Huan” in LaFargue’s spelling is a misleading rendering of 垣.  “Woon” would more properly represent the Cantonese pronunciation of the word.

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

3. Tong (1905), [part 2] p. 27.

4. As “King Hoon Kwong,” he is listed as “President” among officers of the Societas Condita Causa Augendarum Rerum Chinensium Christiana, a Christian society organized by CEM students, ca. 1878-79.  On the founding of this society, see Tong (1905), [part 2] pp. 26-27.

5. Springfield Republican, 30 March 1902, 11. (“Ting” is probably a typographical error for “King”.)  Return to China and early death: Rhoads (2011), p. 162.