Cho, Yong-ha

Cho, Yong-ha: He served time in prison for his activity of Chosun Dong Lip Dan in Hawaii.

After serving a counselor at Korean legation in Germany and France in 1901, he returned to his home town to serve as a governor. Then, he fled to China when Korea was annexed by Japan. In 1913 he established the Korean Independence League. In 1920, he maintained a close contact with his younger brother Cho, So-ang, the Foreign Minister at the Provisional Government for diplomatic activities to further the Korean independence movement. On his way to Shanghai, he was arrested in Kobe while the ship was stopping in harbor. He was transferred to Seoul in 1933. He was sentenced to two and half years in prison. He was a man of an extreme modesty. It was widely known that while he was living in America that he had been using only one single necktie in his twenty years living. Upon his release from prison, he died in March of 1937. In 1977, the South Korean government posthumously recognized him with the Order of Merit of National Foundation / Independence Award for his sacrificial contribution to the Korean independence movement.