John Murray Forbes (diplomat)

John Murray Forbes (1771 – June 14, 1831) was an American diplomat. He served as the Chargé d'Affaires to the Republic of Buenos Aires from 1825 to 1831.

John Murray Forbes
Chargé d'Affaires to the Republic of Buenos Aires
In office
August 20, 1825 – June 14, 1831
Preceded byCaesar A. Rodney
(as Minister Plenipotentiary)
Succeeded byFrancis Baylies
Personal details
DiedJune 14, 1831(1831-06-14) (aged 59–60)
RelativesJohn Murray Forbes (nephew)

Early lifeEdit

John Murray Forbes was born in 1771.[1]


Forbes served as American consul in Copenhagen, Hamburg and Statin from 1801 to 1819.[2] He owned the country house America outside Copenhagen and constructed an American-style windmill known as America Mill at the site in 1814.[3]

He served as the Chargé d'Affaires to the Republic of Buenos Aires (later United States Ambassador to Argentina) from 1825 to 1831.[1]

Later careerEdit

In 1825 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences[4] and a member of the American Antiquarian Society.[5]


Forbes died on June 14, 1831, in Buenos Aires.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "JOHN MURRAY FORBES (1771–1831)". United States Department of State Office of the Historian. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Olaf Uwe Janzen (December 2017). Merchant Organization and Maritime Trade in the North Atlantic, 1660–1815. ISBN 9781786949219. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Amerikavej". (in Danish). Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter F" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  5. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory

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