Missionary in Wenzhou
William Edward Soothill
(1861-1935) was born in Halifax, Yorkshire. He entered the ministry of
the United Methodist Free Church in 1882 and spent twenty-nine years as
a missionary in Wenchow, China. Soothill was one of the foremost
missionaries of his generation. During his time in Wenchow he founded a
hospital, a training college, schools and two hundred preaching places.
He was also an educationalist, translator and author of many books on
China which earned him a reputation as one of the world's leading
authorities on the Chinese language.
1911 Soothill became President of the Imperial University at Shansi.
Upon his return to England in 1920 he was appointed Professor of Chinese
at Oxford University and in 1926 he was a member of Lord Willingdon's
delegation to China on the settlement of the Boxer indemnities.
Source: Minutes of
Conference 1958 and Encylopedia of World Methdism (1974)
A Mission in China
Soothill： A Passport to China（1931）
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