He received his early training at a military school in Jiangxi in 1909. Upon establishment of the Republic, Fang Chi-tao entered a Military College established by Dr. Sun Yat-sen at Nanjing. He studied law at the Jiangxi Provincial Law College and after graduation engaged in newspaper work for 9 years.
Mr. Fang joined the Revolutionary Army in 1911 when the First Revolution broke out in Wuchang, Hubei. When the Nationalist Revolution started im 1926, he again joined the Revolutionary Army and followed its march from Canton to Yangtze Valley and to the North. Fang Chi-tao held the post of a Chief Judge of the Military Court of the Second Nationalist Army Corps in Kaifeng and concurrently, president of Min Pao, a leading Government paper in Kaifeng. Then he was appointed Chief Secretary of the Henan Provincial Government.