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also known as Wei Po

banker , editor , civil servant

Mr. Tyndall Wei was a Chinese public official who started his career as an editor of the Peking Daily News. Later he worked as English Secretary to the Bureau of National Loans and Treasure to the Plague Prevention Commission that was created in 1918. He took active part in the educational reform movement after the Boxer Trouble of 1900.


Mr. Wei was born at Soochow, Jiangsu province, China in 1885.


Mr. Wei attended the University of Soochow at the time when that institution of learning, the handwork of Dr. D. L. Anderson, an American missionary venerated by his students and other acquaintances alike, was in its infancy.


On leaving the University Mr. Wei was engaged in teaching and promoting educational enterprises. In the years following the Boxer trouble a big movement for educational reform was afoot in this country, especially in the province of Jiangsu and he identified himself very prominently with this movement.

Prior to his coming to the North Mr. Wei was engaged in writing articles for several English papers. His journalistic ability attracted the attention of the properietor of the Peking Daily News and he was subsequently engaged as assistant editor of that paper. For almost one year he worked in the office of the News and was successful as a newspaper man.

In 1914 Mr. Wei joined the Ministry of Finance. He was repeatedly promoted through sheer industry and his ability to handle the work. He was assigned to the Loan Department where he practically attended to all foreign affairs of that department. When the Bureau of National Loans was established in August 1914 to float the Third Year National Loan, he was English Secretary to the Bureau, aside from working in the Ministry.

Upon the organization of the Plague Prevention Commission in the winter of 1918 Mr. Wei was appointed Treasurer to the Commission and in that capacity he handled the proceeds of a plague loan concluded with the Group Banks.

In the summer of 1919 Mr. Wei accompanied Mr. Hsu En-yuan, vice-president of the Commercial and Industrial Bank of China to America, in the capacity of secretary and returned after an absence of six months. During his stay in America he made himself acquainted with the conditions in that country. He was connected with that Bank for some time after his return to China.

In January 1920 Mr. Wei was awarded the Third Class Chiaho and in September 1921 the Second Class Chiaho. In July 1922 he received an additional post as member of the National Financial Discussion Commission. In October 1922 he was awarded the Third Class Paokuang Chiaho. In September 1923 he was made a technical member of the Financial Reorganization Commission.