James Forbes's wife, Kerry's maternal grandmother, was Margaret Tyndal Winthrop, with deep ancestral roots in Massachusetts history. Margaret's grandfather was Robert Charles Winthrop, the conservative Whig Speaker of the House and Senator, and her ancestors included James Bowdoin, former Governor of Maine and John Winthrop, the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This branch of Kerry's family tree also shows a common ancestry with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jane Addams, Calvin Coolidge, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.
In April 1965 his friend John Shattuck (who would later become CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation) inducted him to Yale's Skull and Bones secret society, three years before George W. Bush
He's yatched with John F Kennedy, dated a Kennedy family member, gone to private boarding schools, lived a fair portion of his life in Europe.
Please don't make him out to be some sort of poor man who's 'risen to where he is via the sweat of his brow', just isn't true.