Independence Hero's Descendent Granted Korean Citizenship

A great grandson of the American missionary William Linton, who devoted his life to exposing Japan's colonial brutalities to the outside world, was granted Korean citizenship Monday, just ahead of the 69th anniversary of the country's independence from Japan.

Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn granted David Jonathan Linton Korean citizenship in a ceremony ahead of Aug. 15 Liberation Day on Friday.

David Jonathan Linton (right) shows a certificate identifying him as a Korean national. David Jonathan Linton (right) shows a certificate identifying him as a Korean national.

William Linton came to Korea in 1912 as a missionary and constantly appealed for international attention to the situation in Korea.

David Linton's uncle, Dr. John Linton of Yonsei University's Severance Hospital in Seoul, also known by his adopted Korean name In Yo-han, became a naturalized citizen in 2012.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 13, 2014 12:05 KST