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Robert Bennet Forbes

Born: Sep 18, 1804

Death: Nov 23, 1889

Birthplace: Jamaica Plain

Nationality: United States

Robert Bennet Forbes

Date of Birth : Sep 18, 1804
Date of Death : Nov 23, 1889
Birth Place : Jamaica Plain

Captain Robert Bennet Forbes, was a sea captain, China merchant, ship owner, and writer. He was active in ship construction, maritime safety, the opium trade, and charitable activities. "As a member of the Forbes family of Boston, much of his wealth was derived from the opium and China Trade and he played a prominent role in the outbreak of the Opium War. Despite the ethical problems of dealing in opium, he was known to engage in humanitarian activities, such as commandeering the USS Jamestown to send food to Irish famine sufferers in 1847."


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