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James Edmund Dunning


James Edmund Dunning, American banker. Awarded D.S.O., 1919. Represented United States at sessions of Permanent Committee International Congress of Chambers of Commerce, Brussels, 1909, London, 1910, at Congress of Navigation, Philadelphia, 1912; appointed 1909, second American member of Perm. Committee of International Chambers of Commerce, Director United States Trust Corporation, Ltd., Enamelled Metal Products Corporation Ltd.


Dunning, James Edmund was born on October 2, 1873 in Bangor, Maine, United States. Son of William Henry and Harriet (Pearson) Dunning.


Newspaper editor and proprietor in Maine to 1905. Consul at Milan, Italy, 1905-1909. Promoted to Havre, France, 1909-1912.

Promoted consul-general-at-large with supervision over district of Europe, 1912-1914. Continental representative of National City Bank of New York since March 1914, European representative since January 1916. Commissioned temporary captain United States.R., August 13, 1917.

Promoted major, November 5, 1917. Appointed purchasing agent in England for American Expeditionary Force, September 24, 1917. Promoted lieutenant colonel but resigned commission March 15, 1919.


  • Author: The Vital Decade of Our Commercial History, 1911. American Securities in Europe, 1911.


Clubs: St. James’s, Carlton, Royal Societies, Gresham, Devonshire, Ranelagh, Sunningdale.


Married Isabel Backus, of Rochester, New York, January 28, 1904.

William Henry Dunning

Harriet (Pearson) Dunning

Isabel Backus