A good one for today

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A good one for today.

Robert was born in Beaufort, South Carolina back in 1839 to Robert and Lydia. At the age of 12 he worked in a hotel, then became a lamplighter on the streets of Charleston. His love of the sea found him working on the docks and wharves. Starting out as a dockworker, a rigger and a sail maker working his way up to a wheelman.

In April 1861 with the Battle of Fort Sumter he was assigned to steer the CSS Planter. His assignment was to deliver troops and supplies. He also surveyed the waterways and to lay mines. In 1862 while the officers were on shore duty Robert saw his chance taking control of the vessel sailing it past the harbor forts without incident. He headed northward where he was spotted by a crewman of the USS Onward. He surrendered the ship where he fought for the against the Confederacy.

You see I’m writing about Robert Smalls who was born into slavery, his escape helped convince President Lincoln to allow African-Americans soldiers into the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. A loyal republican he wrote that “the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln.” He was a delegate to the 1868 South Carolina Constitutional Convention. Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives he introduced the Homestead Act and helped pass the Civil Right bill in 1870. In 1874 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives serving two terms. He was also the last Republican to be elected in South Carolina until 2010. Goes to show you what one can do doesn’t it, if they can dream the dream. He died in 1915 at 75.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... another interesting historical figure I had no idea about. You make me smarter by the day.

Feb 20, 2017 03:56 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thanks for the look into one of the people who had the courage to act.

Feb 20, 2017 04:04 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

When given the opportunity freedom rings true.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 20, 2017 04:15 AM #3
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

This was an interesting part of our history.  America is the land of dreams.

Feb 20, 2017 04:18 AM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

James Dray This story of Robert Smalls is an amazing one which showed his resiliency to adapt to changing opportunities.

Feb 20, 2017 04:30 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thnaks for sharing this interesting bit of U.S. history, James.

Feb 20, 2017 04:36 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Now this was a determined individual who made history! Thank you for introducing us to Robert Smalls.

Feb 20, 2017 05:11 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was an appropriate one for Presiden't Day and one act led to more justice.

Feb 20, 2017 05:15 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This was a good one. Dreaming and acting can make it happen.

Feb 20, 2017 06:26 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I appreciate you highlighting the legacy of those who may get lost in the history of this special month. To commandeer a vessel takes courage and Robert Smalls was a hero.

Feb 20, 2017 07:42 AM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

dreams can come true James Dray and I learm something new every day from you in the rain

Feb 20, 2017 08:42 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Hats off to you!  That is a good one and very appropriate to the holiday.  Love that Lincoln was convinced.  A

Feb 20, 2017 08:49 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- you continue to amaze me with these stories of great people in our history. 

Feb 20, 2017 10:24 AM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

A very interesting history class today, James Dray. I cannot imagine the courage it took for Robert Smalls to live and take specific action in the era in which he lived. 

Feb 20, 2017 03:11 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love this story, James Dray - and that is so interesting that he was the last republican elected into the SC House until 2010 - that's a LONG time!

Feb 21, 2017 05:36 AM #15
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

No matter how much we read about these historical figures, I don't think we can really grasp how difficult the times were.  Thanks again for the history lesson.

Feb 21, 2017 10:06 AM #16
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

that is a wonderful story for the month of February and Black History month - thank you for sharing! 

Feb 23, 2017 04:47 AM #17
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Love it, I love reading the blogs even though I am doing a big time catch up. Thanks so much for taking the time to post keep them coming :-)

Feb 01, 2018 05:58 PM #18
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