1842 - 1920
the Rev. Theodore Thanbya (1842-1920)
room United States
A photograph of the Rev. Theodore Thanbya (1842-1920) one of the very first students from anywhere in Asia to study in America. He attended Rochester University from 1868-1871, mastering Greek and Latin, and even delivered his class's senior oration at graduation ("The Contest for Commercial Supremacy in Asia"). He would go on to live a long and fruitful life in Kemmendine, Rangoon as a leader of the Karen community and the Baptist church in Burma.