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Thomas R. Jernigan

Thomas Jernigan, US Consul General in Shanghai

Thomas Roberts Jernigan (1847–1920) was US consul in Kobe, Japan (1885–1889), and later US consul general in Shanghai, China (1893–1897). After leaving the diplomatic service he was Standard Oil Company's attorney in China, and served as chairman of the Shanghai International Settlement.[1] From1905, he went into private practice as a lawyer with Stirling Fessenden under the firm name Jernigan and Fessenden.[2]

Jernigan Road (now, Xianxia Road (仙霞路)) in Shanghai was named after him.[3] He wrote a number of works on Chinese economics.


  • "Banking, Currency and Land Tenure in the Chinese Empire", in A History of Banking in all the Leading Nations, vol. 4 (1896).
  • "A Hindrance to Our Foreign Trade", North American Review, Vol. 163, No. 479 (October 1896), pp. 438–447. Available from JSTOR
  • "Commercial Trend of China", North American Review, Vol. 165, No. 488 (July 1897), pp. 63–69. Available from JSTOR
  • China's Business Methods and Policy (1904). Available on Internet Archive
  • China in Law and Commerce (1905). Available on Internet Archive
  • Shooting in China (1908). Available on Internet Archive


  1. ^ Thomas R. J. Newbern, "Jernigan, Thomas Roberts", in Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, vol. 3 (University of North Carolina Press, 1988), pp. 280-281.
  2. ^ Fessenden's entry in Men of Shanghai and North China.
  3. ^ Paul French, The Old Shanghai A-Z (Hong Kong University Press, 2010), p. 237.

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