Rev. Lee, Sareum C.

Rev. Lee, Sareum C.: He supported Dr. Syngman Rhee from Dinuba, California.


In 1917, he came to America and joined Korean National Association initially, but he transferred to Dong Ji Hoe to support Syngman Rhee and became an editor of Shin Han Min Bo newspa- per. While he was a clergy at church, he was engaged in a grocery business. First, he became an executive officer of Korean National Association in 1941. He later became president of Dong Ji Hoe of North America in 1944. In 1945, he and Syngman Rhee participated in an international conference with Syngman Rhee as representative of the Provisional Government in Shanghai. When Syngman Rhee be- came the President of South Korea, he called Rev. Lee to be his cabinet member. However, Rev. Lee declined. After his passing in 1966, he was buried at Reedley Park Cemetery only to be repatriated in 2014 to Dae Jeon National Cem- etery in South Korea. He left two sons behind. On October 5, 2011, the South Korean government through the Korean consulate general in Los Angeles posthumously recognized him with the Order of Merit of National Foundation / Patriotism Award for his contribution for Korean independence movement and handed the Award to his grand-son Rev. Douglas Lee.