Lo Wen-kan (Luo Wengan) 羅文幹

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925.

Lo Wen-kan

His Excellency Lo Wen-kan, a native of Canton, Kwangtung Province, was born in 1888. After receiving his elementary education in China, he went to England where he attended Oxford University. From there he was graduated, receiving the degree of Master of Arts. He was called to the Inner Temple for final examination, and was admitted to the Bar.

Upon his return to China, he was appointed judicial Commissioner for Kwangtung. This post he held during 1911 and 1912. In 1912, he was appointed Procurator-General; and he held this post until 1915. In 1916, he was elected Vice-President of the Law Codification Commission. He also served as Professor of Law at the Peking Government University and School for Judicial Officers.

On December 29th, 1921, Mr. Lo was appointed Vice-President of Justice; and, on April 22nd, of the following year, he was appointed Minister of Justice. On June 15th, 1922, he was appointed Chief Judge of the Supreme Court; and, in September of the same year, he was made Director of the Central Salt Administration and Director of the Currency Bureau.

In September 1922, Mr. Lo was appointed Minister of Finance; but after holding the office for only a few months, he was accused of mal-administration, by opposing political parties. He was arrested and detained for several months on charges which were absolutely unfounded. He was later proven innocent of the charges and released,—the case being one the most sensational on record.

After living in complete retirement for one year, Mr. Lo engaged in the private practice of law, at Peking. He is at present one of China’s most able authorities on judicial matters. He has been awarded by the Chinese Government, many decorations, among which should be mentioned the First Class Paokuang Chiaho.

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A.R. Burt, J.B. Powell and Carl Crow, editors, Biographies of Prominent Chinese (Shanghai: Biographical Publishing Company Inc., c.1925). 43.