Thursday, December 11, 2003

Ohio moments

Missionary physician served in 1800s Korea

On Dec. 11, 1932, Ohio native Horace Newton Allen - the first Western, Protestant, resident missionary in Korea - died.

Born in Delaware, Ohio, in 1858, Allen, a Presbyterian, became a medical doctor, receiving his education from Ohio Wesleyan University and Miami Medical College.

Allen was sent to Korea in 1884, where he was received as a physician to the U.S. legation by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions. Within a few months, a revolution broke out and Allen was called to treat Prince General Min Yong Ik when he was severely wounded with seven sword slashes. Allen saved the life of the dying prince while mobs raged around them.

He was the first foreigner to be made a Korean nobleman. In 1890, King Gojong appointed Allen to the Korean Embassy in the United States. He also served as U.S. minister to Korea from 1897 to 1905.

Rebecca Goodman

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