Samuel Abbot

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Samuel Abbot was born in Wilton, New Hampshire back in 1786 to Abiel (sorry don’t have his mother’s name) anyway, he was the 11th of 12 children born to Abiel. Of the 12 only 10 survived to adulthood and all of them were educated at Harvard College.

Samuel studied law at Harvard and was admitted to the bar in 1812. He stayed in the Wilton, Dunstable, New Hampshire area until 1817 when he opened his law office inn Ipswich, Massachusetts. However, his main interest was in chemistry and mechanics which of course is the rest of the story. in 1818 he moved to Jaffrey near Wilton, New Hampshire. It is written of him the characteristics of his mind were accuracy, caution and clearness. His ability to detect the weakness or fallacy of an argument, and no man saw more clearly its legitimate application.

So, with what I’ve told you unless you live in the area I don’t think you would know but he is credited as the inventor of a process which made starch from potatoes. His claim to fame.  


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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Guess I have Samuel Abbott to thank for all those raw necklines I endured as a youngster wearing started white chirts to Church on Sundays!

Nov 21, 2016 08:36 PM #1
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Good Morning, James!  How sad that out of 12 children, only 2 survived to adulthood.  And speaking of starch, still remember my Mom making starch on days she washed clothes. And what made it special is she always added the bluing Satina; made our clothes nice, crisp, and smell sooooo good!

Nov 21, 2016 08:43 PM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I did not know.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 21, 2016 08:52 PM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Happy Thanksgiving week, no you got me ont this one.

Nov 21, 2016 08:58 PM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray  I'm so glad women's clothing isn't starched... 

Nov 21, 2016 09:03 PM #5
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Once again you have brought us some historical data I didn't know. I'm with Barbara Todaro "I'm so glad women's clothing isn't starched!"

Nov 21, 2016 09:05 PM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am pondering the significance of his discovery. It didn't change the world or did it? I have to think about this one.

Nov 21, 2016 09:26 PM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. A stiff lesson learning about Samuel this morning! Enjoy your day!

Nov 21, 2016 09:37 PM #8
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello James

Another history lesson for us and starch from potatoes, interesting and have a great day!

Nov 21, 2016 09:48 PM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a very powerful mind indeed, thank you for sharing information about this fine man!

Nov 21, 2016 10:23 PM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Interesting, extracting starch from potatoes.  Who knew?  I am glad you shared this with us, James.  A

Nov 22, 2016 01:25 AM #11
faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

Learn something new every day from you 

Nov 22, 2016 03:41 AM #12
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Well thanks to Samuel Abbot for starch. That is a mighty handy thing to have around in the kitchen. 

Nov 22, 2016 04:03 PM #13
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening James Dray ,  Thanks for the history lession of the potato and Samuel Abbott.

Nov 22, 2016 05:10 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- oh wow, I don't even think of starch these days!  I remember Larry's shirts used to come back from the cleaners and they were so stiff, they could stand on their own. 

Nov 22, 2016 06:18 PM #15
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We used to starch our cloth. It was made of left over congee and I would watch fly wanting a share of it while drying.....

Dec 22, 2016 06:46 AM #16
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Before the invention of permanent shirts 1000s of hand laundry businesses flourished in America. They had big tubs soaking laundry and startch... The owners would iron and press shirts and pants and deliver to your home. Shirt was 15 cents, and pants were 25 cents each. What a way to make a living then.

Dec 22, 2016 06:56 AM #17
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