The Forbes family is a wealthy extended American family long prominent in Boston, Massachusetts. The family's fortune originates from trading opium and tea between North America and China in the 19th century plus other investments in the same period; the name descends from Scottish immigrants and can be traced back to Sir John de Forbes in Scotland in the 12th century. Family members include businessman John Murray Forbes, part of the first generation who accumulated wealth, politician John Forbes Kerry; the first member of the Forbes family to live in the United States was Rev. John Forbes, he was a clergyman who arrived to the colonies in 1763. The Reverend's first post on the North American continent was in British East Florida, where he became the first Anglican clergyman licensed to officiate during the English period of 1763 – 1783; the Forbes family has a link to the Dudley–Winthrop family directly from Thomas Dudley, father of Anne Bradstreet, the first English-language female poet from America.
John Forbes left Florida for Boston in 1769 and married Dorothy Murray on February 2, 1769 in Milton, where their first son James Grant Forbes was born. John Forbes has two other sons by the name of Ralph Bennet Forbes; the Boston trading firm Perkins & Co. sent many young men of their extended family to participate in their business activities abroad. Ralph Forbes being married to Margaret Perkins, their children were encouraged in the business. Following the death overseas of his older brother, Thomas Tunno Forbes, the Perkinses encouraged John Murray Forbes to travel to China, too. There John was mentored by the Chinese merchant Houqua who treated him like a son and therefore entrusted significant sums of capital to invest on his behalf in the US after he left China. Perkins & Co. like many other Boston trading firms in the early 19th century, sent ships to China to get tea for sale in America. To pay for the tea, they exported to China large quantities of silver and furs, manufactured goods, wood and any other items that they thought the Chinese market would absorb.
Active trading houses those from Boston kept representatives resident in Hong Kong whose main role was to look for and secure quality tea for export at good prices. This was John Murray Forbes' main job during the two years he spent in China. John Murray Forbes' brother, Robert Bennet Forbes, was more intimately involved in the importing side of the business and, at least by their own writings, had a more direct role than did John in the opium trade.. Until the Museum of the American China Trade in Milton, Mass. on Boston's South Shore, was curated by a Forbes great-grandson, Dr. H. A. Crosby Forbes, an expert on Chinese porcelain; the museum, housed in Robert Bennet Forbes' 1833 Greek Revival style house, was a monument to the China merchants and the great wealth in Boston that both drove and resulted from the China trade. The China trade museum was merged with the Peabody Essex Museum in 1984 leaving the house in the management of the Forbes House Charitable Trust which operates it now as the Captain Forbes House Museum.
Neither John nor Robert spent more than a short time in China – John was there for two years. Upon his return to Boston, John continued interest in the China trade for a few more years, serving as a business/investment manager for voyages undertaken by Robert and others. Soon, however, he recognized that the China trade was becoming difficult to pursue profitably and that railroads offered a new and much more lucrative opportunity. Due to the close bond relationship and trust he still maintained in Boston with Howqua, he was given $200,000 of Howqua capital to invest in US business opportunities, to invest on behalf of his Chinese mentor in the US. Deploying this capital in the US, John Murray Forbes made a considerable fortune from investments in railroads from the 1840s onwards; some of the population growth of Chicago and Midwestern Plains states in the middle to late 19th century was due to John Murray Forbes' railroad projects in Michigan and Chicago. The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, from Chicago west to the Mississippi, was built by John Murray Forbes who had a reputation for sound financial management amongst the railroad tycoons of the day.
Some Forbes family members remain influential in local or national politics. In the 1840s, John Murray Forbes bought Naushon Island, one of the Elizabeth Islands northwest of Martha's Vineyard and southwest of Cape Cod, within the town of Gosnold, Massachusetts. Forbes and his descendants have used the property as a summer retreat since then; the property is presently owned by the Naushon Trust, Inc.. Colonel James Grant Forbes, engaged in the West India trade in Port-au-Prince, served as an army officer during the War of 1812, went as envoy in 1821 to receive the relinquishment of the Floridas from the Spanish authority in Cuba, Governor of East Florida. Grandson of John Forbes, John Murray Forbes, born in France, John Murray Forbes was the first of the family to enter the China trade and invested in railroads and amassed a large fortune. Francis Blackwell Forbes, poppy botanist, wrote a book on Chinese plants, opium trader in the China trade. William Hathaway Forbes, son of John Murray Forbes, businessman.
Investor in, president of, the Bell Telephone Company. Francis Murray Forbes, American businessman, son of Francis Blackwell Fo
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