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Philip Jaisohn – The First Korean American

Cora Wandel

Washington, D.C., United States

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Philip Jaisohn, whose Korean birth name was Seo Jae-pil, fought for freedom in his homeland, and was convicted of treason in 1884 for his activities against the government. Facing a death sentence, he managed to escape from Korea and sought exile in the United States, where he took the name Philip Jaisohn. In 1890, he became the first Korean to acquire United States citizenship. He studied medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and was the first Korean to receive an American medical degree. He also married well with his nuptials to Muriel Armstrong, a niece of James Buchanan, a former President of the United States. Later in life he would return to his homeland, which is now known as South Korea, but he did not stay long, and came home to America where he died in 1951 at the age of 87. This statue of Jaisohn is in front of the Embassy of South Korea in Washington, D.C.

Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D
(ISO: 200; SS: 1/8; AV: 10.0; Lens: 17-85mm)

This photograph is “as is” from the camera, there was no post processing.

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