James Grant Forbes

James Grant Forbes

James Grant Forbes (Shanghai, October 22, 1879Paris, April 24, 1955 ["New York Times" 1955 Ap 26, 29:2] ) was an American businessman, a member of the Forbes family, son of Francis Blackwell Forbes and wife Isabel Clark and brother of William Hathaway Forbes.

James Grant Forbes was born in Shanghai, China, where the Forbes family of Boston amassed a fortune from the opium trade and merchant banking after the Opium Wars. He went to school in England and graduated from Harvard University.

Forbes was a successful international lawyer and banker. He married at 10 Walnut St., Boston, Massachusetts on November 28, 1906 Margaret Tyndal Winthrop (Massachusetts, February 23, 1880 – Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, Brittany, July 7, 1970 ["New York Times" 1970 Jl 9, 37:6] ), who came from a family with deep roots in Massachusetts history going back to John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, daughter of Robert Charles Winthrop, Jr. (Boston, Massachusetts, December 7, 1834 – Boston, Massachusetts, June 5, 1905) and wife (m. June 1, 1869) Elizabeth Mason (Massachusetts, October 1, 1844 – Boston, Massachusetts, April 22, 1924) and paternal granddaughter of Robert Charles Winthrop and wife Elizabeth Cabot Blanchard. The couple lived in the United States for the early years of their marriage, but after the birth of their third child they moved to Europe and made Paris, France their home.

During World War I, and after having had several more children, they moved to England, where they rented Barrow Green Court. Margaret had two English governesses to help bring up her 13 children.

Forbes and wife had:
* James Forbes
* Jock Forbes
* Griselda Forbes
* Angela Forbes
* Eileen Forbes
* Monica Forbes
* Rosemary Isabel Forbes (1913-2002), married to Richard John Kerry, parents of United States Senator 2004 U.S. Presidential candidate Democrat John Kerry (D-MA)
* Alastair Cameron Forbes (1918-2005), a journalist
* Ian Forbes
* Iris Forbes, married to Terence Armstrong (1920-1996)
* Fiona Forbes, married to Alain-Gauthier Lévy Lalonde, parents of the 1981 French Presidential candidate Green and onetime Minister of the Environment Brice Lalonde


External links

* [http://www.wargs.com/political/kerry.html The Ancestors of Senator John Forbes Kerry (b. 1943)]

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