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James Berwick Forgan


James Berwick Forgan, British banker. Decorated Order of St. Sava, Serbia, 1918, for work in raising funds for relief of destitute Serbians; Officer Legion of Honor, by President of France, May 1921, for services to French cause during the war. President Federal Advisory Council, Federal Reserve Board, Washington, District of Columbia, 6 years.


Forgan, James Berwick was born on April 11, 1852 in St. Andrews, Scotland. Son of Robert and Elizabeth (Berwick) Forgan.


Brother of David Robertson F. Educated Madras College, St. Andrews, Scotland, and Forres Academy, Forres, Scotland.


First engagement was with the Royal Bank of Scotland, for about 3 years. Later with Bank of British N. America, with assignments to Montreal, New York and Halifax. Later paying teller, afterward inspector of agencies, Bank of Nova Scoti.

Established agency in Minneapolis, of which was manager for 3 years. About 1888 became cashier and manager of the Northwestern National Bank. Vice president First National Bank, Chicago, 1892, and succeeded Lyman J. Gage as president, 1900.

Chairman of the Board January 1, since 1916.


Married Mary Ellen Murray, of Halifax, Nova Scoti, October 19, 1875.

Robert Forgan

Elizabeth (Berwick) Forgan

Mary Ellen Murray