Dr. Wu went to America in 1897. He studied at Force School, Washington, D. C. in 1897-1900; at Western High School, Washington D. C. in 1900-1902; Atlantic City High School in 1902-1904 and was awarded Valedictorian Prize in 1904. In that year he returned to China.
In 1908 Dr. Wu was sent to England to study. In 1911 he graduated with the degree of LL.B. from the London University and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn. He was holder of Inns of Court Students and London University scholarship.
Mr. Wu was member of the Board of Works in 1905- 1907 and member of the Board of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce in 1907.
He returned to China soon after the First Kevolution and was Chief of Foreign Affairs Depairtment of Hupei province from May to September, 1912. He was elected member of the Lower House of the First Parliament which was convoked at Peking in April 1913 and dissolved by Yuan Shih-kii in January 1914. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention and also served as Chairman of the Treaty Commission under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In politics Mr. Wu was always a Kuomingtang member. In May 1914 Dr. Wu was appointed Councillor of the State Department when Hsu Shih-chang was Secretary of State. From May 1916 to July 1917 he was Councillor of the Cabinet Office. During 1915-1916 he was also Councillor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
After Chang Hsun’s monarchical restoration in July 1917, Dr. Wu went to Canton where an opposition government was later formed. He took a leading part in the southern movement for the preservation of the Provisional Constitution and the First Parliament. Since May 1918 he was Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and also Chief of the Executive Department of the Administrative Council of the Military government, his father was then one of the Directors and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In the winter of 1918-1919 Dr. Wu led the Southern China Delegation to the Paris Conference, assisting in the various commissions there on questions relating to China. In November 1921 the Peking government appointed him as one of Chinese Chief Delegate to the Washington Conference, but he did not accept. In February 1923 he Was awarded the Second Class Tashou Paokuang Chiaho.
Dr. Wu was the author of the widely-read pamphlets “The Appeal for Reorganization”, “China’s Position in Tibet”, etc. He was a student of international affairs.