Yunzhang Peng, known as Yong’e (courtesy name) and Xiaoyuan (pseudonym) was born in Jiangsu, China. Since Peng served as an imperial scholar in 1835, he had been assigned to several important positions in the imperial court, such as the deputy minister of defense, the deputy minister of rites, and the minister of national construction. One of his contributions was an improvement of finances of the Qing dynasty and help with managing the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1860) . In 1850, he was appointed as the grand minister of state. His position was removed in 1860. Peng died in 1862 and was given a posthumous title, Wenjing.