James Fraser Forbes

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James Fraser Forbes

James Fraser Forbes (1820 - 18 May 1887) was a Canadian politician and a member of the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Queens in Nova Scotia.[1]

He was born in Gibraltar in 1820, the son of Anthony V.S. Forbes. He worked as a physician and as a surgeon, also serving as surgeon to the local militia, coroner for Queen's County and Health Officer for Liverpool. Forbes married Sarah Jane Jacobs.[2] He was elected to the 1st Canadian Parliament as a member of the Anti-Confederation Party. He became a Liberal on January 30, 1869 and was re-elected to the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Parliaments. He was defeated in 1878, but he was re-elected in 1882.[1] In 1874, he was elected president of the Bank of Liverpool.[2]

Forbes died in Lunenburg in 1887.[3]

His son Francis Gordon also served as a member of the House of Commons.[1] His daughter Sarah was a nursing sister who served with the Canadian contingent during the Boer War.[4]


  1. ^ a b c James Fraser Forbes – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b The Canadian parliamentary companion, 1883, JA Gemmill
  3. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  4. ^ Miller, Carman (1994). "Sarah Forbes". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Retrieved 2009-09-08.