Kessler, Lawrence D.

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Lawrence D. Kessler, emeritus professor of Chinese history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gathered the unrelated papers of George R. Marvell, the North Carolina China Council, Lawrence D. Kessler, and the Newton and Underwood families.

From the description of Lawrence D. Kessler collection, 1820-1989. WorldCat record id: 52863178

Lawrence Kessler, professor emeritus of Chinese history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, assembled and donated the various papers that comprise this collection. In keeping with his formal academic interests, he was one of the founders and the long-time director of the North Carolina China Council. Kessler was also actively involved with a number of political organizations, including the North Carolina Legal Defense Fund and the Chapel Hill chapter of the New University Conference.

  • 1885 - 1889 : Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy
  • 1889 - 1890 : Served aboard the U.S.S. Pensacola during an expedition to Cape Ledo, Angola, and west Africa to view a total eclipse
  • 1894: Patrol duty in the Bering Sea
  • 1898: Served aboard the U.S.S. Vicksburg during the Spanish-American War
  • 1899: Part of a team surveying the bay at Santiago, Cuba
  • 1906 - 1908 : In command of the team conducting a survey of Cuba and Haiti while serving as navigator on the U.S.S. Eagle
  • 1909 - 1912 : Chair of the Department of Navigation at the United States Naval Academy
  • 1912 - 1913 : Commanded the U.S.S. Monterey and then the U.S.S. Helena in China
  • 1915: Assigned to the Navy Department's Bureau of Ordnance
  • 1917 - 1919 : Commanded the U.S.S.Louisiana and engaged in troop transport and convoy duty with the Atlantic Fleet during World War I
  • 1919 - 1921 : Inspector of Ordnance at the Naval Ordnance Plant, South Charleston, W.Va.
  • 1921 - 1922 : Commanded the U.S.S. Arizona
  • 1922 - 1924 : Commandant of the 16th Naval District, the Philippine Islands
  • 1924 - 1925 : Commanded the Fleet Base Force in the Pacific
  • 1926 - 1927 : Naval War College
  • 1927 - 1930 : Commandant of the 14th Naval District, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • 1930 - 1931 : Commanded Light Cruiser Division Five
  • 1932 - 1933 : Chair of the United States Navy General Board
  • 1933: Retired from active service as a Rear Admiral

The North Carolina China Council, a regional affiliate of the Asia Society, was established in 1977 and remained active until at least 1989. Locally sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Duke University, the Council was a non-partisan and non-profit educational entity designed to promote a broader awareness among North Carolinians of Chinese culture, history, and recent events as well as to foster better Chinese-American relations. As a part of its public education efforts, the Council sponsored a number of local conferences devoted to topics such as China's One-Child policy, United States-China trade, and the process of scholarly exchange. The Council also carried out an extensive investigation of North Carolina's ties with China that culminated in the creation of an exhibit called North Carolina's China Connections . This multi-media presentation was exhibited at numerous venues throughout the state.

  • 1914 - 1917 : Assistant Attorney General of the United States
  • 1917 - 1919 : General Counsel of the Seaboard Air Line Company
  • 1919 - 1920 : General Solicitor of the United States Railroad Administration
  • 1931 - 1948 : United States District Court Judge, Northern District of Georgia

From the guide to the Lawrence D. Kessler Collection, 1820-1989, (Southern Historical Collection)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Lawrence D. Kessler Collection, 1820-1989 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Lawrence D. Kessler Collection, 1820-1989 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Kessler, Lawrence D. Lawrence D. Kessler collection, 1820-1989. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Role Title Holding Repository
contributorOf North Carolina China Council: Gordon Cheatham Oral History Interview, November 18, 1980 East Carolina University. J.Y. Joyner Library
contributorOf North Carolina China Council: James C. Richardson Oral History Interview, November 8, 1980 East Carolina University. J.Y. Joyner Library
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associatedWith 7th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment corporateBody
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associatedWith Anna Nippes Wynkoop Marvell person
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associatedWith Chapel Hill Peace Center (N.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Commission on Interracial Cooperation corporateBody
associatedWith Edward I. Marvell person
associatedWith Edward Tracy Marvell person
associatedWith Emory Marvin Underwood person
associatedWith European Relief Drive corporateBody
associatedWith George Marvell person
associatedWith Henry Wynkoop person
associatedWith Kessler, Lawrence D. person
associatedWith Kwansei Gakuin corporateBody
associatedWith Letty Lay Newton person
associatedWith Littleton Female College corporateBody
associatedWith Marvel family. family
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associatedWith Marvell, George Ralph, 1869-1941. person
associatedWith Mary Marvell person
associatedWith Mary Marvel Sullings person
associatedWith Methodist Episcopal Church, South corporateBody
associatedWith Nashville College for Young Ladies corporateBody
associatedWith Newton family
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associatedWith Newton, John C. Calhoun, b. 1848. person
associatedWith New University Conference corporateBody
associatedWith New University Conference (U.S.). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. corporateBody
associatedWith North Carolina China Council. corporateBody
associatedWith North Carolina Legal Defense Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Ruth Elizabeth Newton Underwood person
associatedWith Underwood family
associatedWith Underwood, Emory Marvin, 1877-1960. person
associatedWith Underwood family. family
associatedWith Underwood, Ruth Elizabeth Newton, fl. 1888-1957. person
associatedWith United States Naval Academy corporateBody
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associatedWith University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill corporateBody
associatedWith Vanderbilt University corporateBody
associatedWith Walter R. Lambuth person
associatedWith Wynkoop family
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Place Name Admin Code Country
North Carolina
Chapel Hill (N.C.)
North Carolina--Chapel Hill
Christian education
Political activists
Submarine warfare
World War, 1914-1918


Active 1820

Active 1989



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