Oliver Evans

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Oliver Evans was born in Newport, Delaware back in 1755 to Charles and Ann. The family moved to Red Clay Creek just north of Newport. From what I’ve read he had little to no formal education. At 17 he was working as a wheelwright and wagon-maker.

When the Revolutionary War began, he was 19 enlisting in a Delaware militia company however, he saw no active service. His first notoriety happened when he was just 22, more on that later. From 1783 to 1790 he turned his attention to the milling of flour. Anyway, my word limit is fast approaching so let’s to it.

You may not know the name but you will recognize his accomplishments. He was an American inventor a pioneer of automation, materials handling and steam power. He designed and built the first fully automated industrial process, the first high-pressure stem engine and the first amphibious vehicle and the American automobile. When George Washington called upon Joseph Tatnall to thank him for the flour he provided to feed the Continental Army he saw an invention by Oliver. He was so impressed that he had his own gristmill at Mount Vernon converted to the “Evan’s system” in 1791.

My whole point in posting this is to make you wonder if the next great invention will come from college educated person or someone with a vision without that diploma on the wall. As always I’ll look forward to the comments.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Inventions come from the creative mind, formal education aside. Enjoy your day 

Mar 03, 2017 04:39 AM #1
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

In my lifetime in the area of communication by telephone has changed so much. I remember in college buying my own land line telephone and not renting from the phone company was a big deal. Now we carry a powerful computer in our pockets and have ultimate info at our fingertips.

Mar 03, 2017 04:43 AM #2
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

America will always have the ingenuity to make more great inventions for the world to benefit

Mar 03, 2017 04:58 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

As an engineer said once: "keep it simple stupid" and it will be one with the best thought process!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 03, 2017 05:16 AM #4
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,

I've always felt like Wayne Martin commented " Inventions come from the creative mind, formal education aside." How many times have we seen this to be true.

Mar 03, 2017 05:20 AM #5
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Education has a place in society, but I think it's WAAAAY oversold. Look at the facilities, technology, and information available. Higher education has become a big business.

Mar 03, 2017 05:56 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. You continue to educate and advise us that all things are possible.

Mar 03, 2017 06:03 AM #7
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Many an entrepreneur has no college degree, just an idea and the passion to make their vision happen.

Mar 03, 2017 06:06 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Michael Dell or Dell computers did not go to college, nor did Steve Jobs...education (formal that is).  A

Mar 03, 2017 07:38 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Quite the magnificent person and such great inventions, I love when something so practical that is invented and makes our lives easier!

Mar 03, 2017 07:53 AM #10
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Necessity is the mother of invention. When there is a need, people will create. I don't think it matters if you are college educated ot not.

Mar 03, 2017 09:57 AM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Consdiering that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were college dropouts and The Oculus Roft was designed by a teenager in a garge my bet is on the one without a degree.

Mar 03, 2017 12:32 PM #12
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I know one person that didn't even graduate high school and he went on to do great things in his life. People wanted him to run for local office, but he didn't want to get involved in politics. He had a wonderful way of handling people. He holds several patents for work he's done in the audio engineering field. I'm talking about my grandfather. 

Mar 03, 2017 01:10 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- college is  nice but more important is vision, creativity and focus!

Mar 03, 2017 06:47 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I have always believed that learning, discoveries, inventions, wisdom, and magical insight are on both sides of the great divide. Some people are born with the information instilled within them.They wake up to life on earth and voila', we have a new wonder.  My puzzling thought is -  why the delay in finding cures for the devastating diseases. Like where is the blockage?

Mar 03, 2017 07:22 PM #15
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

It amazes me how you are able to find and share all these interesting biographies 

Feb 13, 2018 06:41 PM #16
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