Geoffrey C. Ward’s book, Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882–1905 , includes additional material about the Delanos; a paperback edition will be published by Perennial Library this July. Frederic Delano Grant, Jr., is an attorney with the Boston law firm of McCabe/Gordon P.C.
The opium trade is remembered as a British outrage: English merchants, protected by English bayonets, turning China into a nation of addicts. But Americans got rich from this traffic—among them, a young man named Warren Delano. He didn’t talk about it afterward, of course. And neither did his grandson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.