Tabitha Ann

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Tabitha Ann was born in 1854 to Quinton and Harriet. Sorry I do not know where she was born or about her early childhood. What I can tell you is the rest of the story so let’s get to it.

She graduated from Greensboro Academy in 1878. She trained under AAlbion Winegar Tourgee (more on that shortly). On January 8th, 1878, she went to the North Carolina Supreme Court in Raleigh. Because she was the first woman to do this the court decided to have her argue her case the next morning. She was represented by her teacher AAlbion, it only took the court 10 minutes of deliberation to grant her request.

For you see without any formal education she aced the exam and was the first woman to obtain her license as an attorney in the State of North Carolina. Sadly, she died of tuberculosis in 1886. You can see a memorial to Tabitha Ann Holton on the courthouse grounds in Dobson, North Carolina. Another woman way ahead of her time and just another example one does not need a formal education to accomplish great things. Off to find other exceptional examples of women who are in the history books. Until tomorrow have a great day

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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Some people just have it with the ability to learn outside of formal training.

Mar 10, 2017 04:54 AM #1
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Thank you for showing us another woman way ahead of her time James Dray 

Mar 10, 2017 04:56 AM #2
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 ,

There are so many men and woman who have achieved great things and were well ahead of their time and without formal education. Thank you for honoring them.

Mar 10, 2017 05:09 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Not everyone needs a formal education but in my experience it never hurts.

Mar 10, 2017 05:12 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Tabitha paved the way for many! Nice discovery! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Mar 10, 2017 05:40 AM #5
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

The idea that education comes only from an institution is damaging to society. This is a great example of that. Thanks for the story, James Dray 

Mar 10, 2017 05:55 AM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a wonderful accomplishment. So sad to have her life cut short.

Have a great weekend!


Mar 10, 2017 07:28 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

James, I agree with you.  Education is what the beholder makes of it. But there are many forms of education including life experience and the ablilty to understand and comprehend comon sense.  Thank you for sharing Tabitha Ann's extraordinary accomplishment.

Mar 10, 2017 07:51 AM #8
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

Interesting ways one has been educated over the years.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 10, 2017 11:28 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- we have so many women to thank for helping to pave the way for us. 

Mar 10, 2017 06:10 PM #10
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray, I do agree on your thoughts about formal education.  I had years of formal education and perhaps it is responsible for this:  how to teach myself. Since I was a kid, I felt I have always been a better teacher than those who were supposedly teaching me.

And now with the Internet...WOW! How can anyone miss?!? Granted, there are some 'great' teachers and then, there are a helluva lot of people who should never have become teachers. One of my 9 children is a teacher and a FANTASTIC teacher!!!!!!!

Mar 12, 2017 01:26 PM #11
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