Members of the Delano family of Fairhaven, Massachusetts were active on the China coast from the arrival of Warren Delano II at Canton in 1834 through the death in Beijing of Louise Delano Cheney in 1923. Frederic Delano Grant, Jr., great grandson of the baby seen in the 1863 photograph, will discuss the activities of various family members in Hong Kong and on the China coast and the significance of this history beyond the somewhat understood connection of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to his immediate family heritage.
Frederic Grant, Jr., a Boston, Massachusetts based lawyer, holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School (1983) and a Ph.D. in history from Leiden University (2012). He is the author of The Chinese Cornerstone of Modern Banking: The Canton Guaranty System and the Origins of Bank Deposit Insurance 1780-1933 (Studies in the History of Private Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Brill, Netherlands, 2014) and has written and lectured extensively about the business and legal history of foreign trade with China during the time period of the immediate past trading boom. Mr. Grant is a member of the Society and has contributed book reviews to its journal.
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