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Teng-hui Li (T. H. Lee)

university president

Li Teng-hui was a Chinese university president, editor of different periodicals, and also held several official positions.


Mr. Li was native of Fujian, China, and was born in 1872.


Li Teng-hui received his early education in Java and at the age of 14 began his English education in the Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore. Then he went to America and studied at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1891-1897. Mr. Li graduated from Yale University in 1899, returned to the Straits Settlements and taught in the Anglo-Chinese School in 1899-1901. In 1919 he obtained honorary Doctor of Letters defree from St. John's University, Shanghai.


Li Teng-hui went to Batavia and founded an English school at Batavia in connection with Kang Yu-wei's reform movement, came to Shanghai in 1905 and promoted the World Chinese Students' Federation of which he was chairman until 1915. He helped found Fuh Tan University of which he was first dean. Mr. Li later became president, editor of the Republican Advocate, Shanghai, and editor of the English department of the Chung Hwa Book Company in 1912-1913, honorary president of the Huai River Conservancy (1922).

He took an active part in the Student Movement in 1918, was a chairman of the League of Public Organizations to protest against the treaty affecting Chinese rights and oppose China's signature to the Peace Conference at Versailles. During the Washington Conference he was chairman of the People's National Diplomatic Federation representing 180 organizations all over China, chairman of Overseas Chinese Association, vice-chairman in World Chinese Students Federation, director in Pan-Pacific Union, director in Christian Educational Association of China, director of Xiamen University, chairman of National Anti-Opium Association, member of National Government Opium-Suppression Commission and member of Diplomatic Commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


  • Mr. Li meda a successful career of an official and was a talented university professor.


  • Chung Hwa Guild of Jakarta , Indonesia


  • American Geographical Society , United States