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Name  A. Stephen

Preceded by  John Johnstone
A. G. Stephen
Appointed by  Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs
Appointed by  Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs
Died  August 27, 1924, London, United Kingdom

Preceded by  Ernest Hamilton Sharp
Succeeded by  Percy Hobson Holyoak
Succeeded by  Herbert William Bird
Resting place  Kensal Green Cemetery

Alexander Gordon Stephen, JP (14 September 1862 – 27 August 1924) was the chief manager of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.


He was born in Banff, Aberdeenshire on 14 September 1862. After he served an apprenticeship at the Town and Country Bank in Aberdeen, he joined the London office of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in 1882. He arrived in Hong Kong on 27 August 1885. He was transferred to Batavia, Singapore and the Bombay office, and stationed in Batavia from 1896 to 1902 until he was appointed agent at Penang. He became manager in the Manila branch and undertook a tour of inspection of the North China branches. He was then appointed manager in Shanghai in 1912 and acted as chief manager in Hong Kong for a few months during the absence of Newton John Stabb in London. He subsequently returned to Shanghai as a manager until he succeeded as chief manager on the retirement of Newton John Stabb in 1920.

He also held many public offices in Hong Kong. He was appointed as unofficial member of the Executive Council and Legislative Council and made a Justice of Peace in 1921. He was a member of both Court and Council of the University of Hong Kong. He was also a member of the general committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

He also enjoyed many popular wins in Shanghai and Hong Kong as a steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club with Stephen and Stitt.

Leaving in May 1924 for London due to illness, he died from pneumonia due to infarct of the lung at a London nursing home at the night of 27 August. The funeral took place on 2 September at the Kensal Green Cemetery.

The left one of the two lion statues in front of the HSBC Main Building in Hong Kong is named Stephen in memory of Alexander Gordon Stephen.


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