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Soong Ai-ling

Soong Ai-ling (宋藹齡 Pinyin: Ṣng Àilíng), or Eling Soong (June 14, 1890 - October 18, 1973), eldest of the Soong sisters, was the wife of H. H. Kung, who was the richest man in the early 20th Century Republic of China. The first character of her given name is written as 靄 (same pronunciation) in some texts. Her Christian name was Nancy.

Born in Shanghai, Soong was educated in the United States at the age of 14 in May 28, 1904. She returned to China in 1909 after graduating from Wesleyan College. In late 1911, she worked as a secretary for Sun Yat-sen, a job later succeeded by her sister, Soong Ching-ling. She met her future husband, Kung, in 1913, and married the following year in Yokohama. After marrying, Soong taught English for a while and engaged in child welfare work.

She went to the United States in the 1940s, and died later at the age of 83 in the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York.

Her children were:

See also: History of the Republic of China