I AM JOHN MURRAY FORBES

Welcome to tales of Nineteenth-Century Salem. A time in which Salem was the richest city and the most influential in shaping our young country. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits she made by the smuggling that happened in her tunnels by the most wealthy and powerful in their day; sometimes for the good, but more often not. So join us every Monday for new tales!

John Murray Forbes

Railroads…

You might think I made my fortune from railroads. In fact, I made my fortune in Russell & Co. selling opium to China. My uncles Thomas and James Perkins (of Salem) started the company and sold it to Samuel Russell when I ran the firm. We were responsible for over 80% of the youth of China being addicted at the time. Samuel Russell was a cousin of William Russell who started the Skull & Bones with Alphonso Taft. They purchased my uncle Thomas’s land to build their crypt on. John Forbes Kerry would be my descendant and bonesman. His friend George Herbert Walker Bush, bonesman, would hear our family story about Thomas saying making drugs illegal is good for business because it limits competition. Bush will be the person who started the war on drugs.

For more read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press.
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