Homer B. Hulbert (1863~1949)

Homer Hulbert, born in New Haven in Vermont, America in 1863, landed in Korea on July 5th in 1886 to be a teacher of Royal College, the first state-run modern school in western style in Korea. He thereafter lived in Korea about 20 years as educator, advocate of Hangeul(Korean alphabet), linguist, journalist, historian, pioneer of the Korean studies, missionary, special envoy of the Emperor, and independence activist against Japan until 1907. Especially he emphasized the importance of education, saying “education is the only answer for the civilization of Korea”. He was twice special envoy of the Korean Emperor in 1905(to Theodore Roosevelt) and in 1907(for Peace Conference held in The Hague, Netherland). After serving as the special envoy for The Hague Peace Conference, he was expelled by Japan and settled in Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.. He even in the U.S. continued his work for Korea’s independence for 38 years until 1945 when Korea was liberated.Dr. Hulbert was invited as a state guest by President of Korea in 1949 to the liberation ceremony on Aug. 15th. He arrived in Korea on July 29th at Incheon, however, passed away on Aug. 5th. He was buried alongside Han river in Seoul as he dreamt of “I would rather be buried in Korea than in Westminster Abbey.” He was posthumously honored by Korean government for the Order for Country Foundation in 1950. And, at the proposal by The Hulbert Memorial Society, Korean government honored him with the Golden Order for Cultural Merits in 2014.

Sheldon Hulbert (1896.2~1897.3)

Sheldon Hulbert, the first son of Dr. Hulbert, born in Seoul, passed away after 1 year from the birth. Particularly May, Mrs. Hulbert, had heartburn for a long time fairly from the loss of her son.

In his 30’s, studying Korean history

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In his 40’s, acting as the envoy of the Emperor

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At his last alumni meeting (June 1949)

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With the family in early 1900’s in Seoul. From the left, Madeleine, second daughter, Leonard, third son,
May Hulbert, Helen, first daughter, William, second son, and Dr. Hulbert.

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Hulbert’s children. William, second son, is bearing Jige(지게),
the Korean traditional carrier, on the back.(about 1903)

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