Chen Jin (Ming dynasty)

Chen Jin (Chinese: 陈金, 1446 - 1528), courtesy name Ruli (Chinese: 汝砺) was a politician of the Ming Dynasty.

Chen Jin
陈金
Born1446
Died1528
OccupationMing Dynasty official, Viceroy of Liangguang, Right Chief Censor

LifeEdit

Chen Jin was born in 1446 in Wuchang (modern day Wuhan, Hubei]] to a family of officials; his grandfather was Prefect of Kuizhou (in modern day Chongqing), while his father Chen Lin served as Deputy Commissioner of Guangxi. He entered official service through the imperial examinations in 1472. [1]

In 1507, he was appointed to his first term as Viceroy of Liangguang, where he managed to suppress a local Zhuang rebellion. He then attempted to open trade with the Zhuang as a means of controlling them, but was unable to prevent more raids and killings.[1] In 1508, he was promoted to Minister of Revenue in Nanjing, and in 1511 he was appointed to northern Jiangxi to lead a campaign against local bandits. He won military victories and took bandit forts, using locally recruited troops, but failed to curb his own troops from pillaging the locals; such was the rapacity of Chen Jin's forces that a local poem went:

The bandits merely rob us; but the soldiers then kill us! [1]

In 1515, he was again appointed to be Viceroy of Liangguang, and successfully suppressed a pirate rebellion. [1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Zhang, Tingyu; et al. "Book 187". History of Ming.
Preceded by
Xiong Xiu
Viceroy of Liangguang
1507 - 1508
Succeeded by
Zhou Nan
Preceded by
Zhou Nan
Viceroy of Liangguang
1515 - 1519
Succeeded by
Zhang Nie