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Hu Weiyong

Chancellor of Ming Dynasty
Successor None, title abolished
Full name
Family name: Hu (胡)
Given name: Weiyong (惟庸)
Born ?
Died 1380

Hu Weiyong (胡惟庸) (? - 1380) was the last Chancellor of China Ming Dynasty from 1373 to 1380.


Hu Weiyong was born in HaoZhou, Anhui Province (now part of Chuzhou). In 1363 Hu contributed a large number of warship to Zhu Yuanzhang to use for battle with Chen Youliang. Li Shanchang, chief of warship production was pleased with Hu and then recommend Hu to Zhu Yuanzhang.



Chancellor Hu Weiyong arrogated all authority to himself and accepted bribes, which stirred the wrath of other officers and the people. In 1380, a subordinate of Hu Weiyong reported to Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) that Hu Weiyong met with the envoy of another country secretly, attempting to rebel. Four days later Zhu executed Hu Weiyong. The emperor soon abolished the Chancellery of China, taking over direct responsibility of the Three Departments and Six Ministries. The Grand Secretariat later assumed responsibility for aiding the emperor in managing the state.


  • Mu: "China's ancient political gains"
  • History Cultural China : "Abolishing the Chancellery of China - A Reform of Administrative System by Zhu Yuanzhang".

See also

Preceded by
Xu Da
Left Chancellor of Ming Dynasty
1377 - 1380
Succeeded by
None, title abolished
Preceded by
Wang Guangyang
Right Chancellor of Ming Dynasty
1373 - 1377
Succeeded by
Wang Guangyang
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