William Ellery

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Ellery was born in Newport, Rhode Island back in 1727. Receiving his early education from his father and alter attending Harvard College where he excelled in Greek and Latin.

He started practicing law in 1770 at 43 when he became active in the Rhode Island Sons of Liberty. Samuel Ward died in 1776 and was replaced by William in the Continental Congress. He also served as a judge of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, the first customs collector of the port of Newport serving there until his death in 1820.

What you may not know about William is that he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, in terms of square inches his signature was second only to John Hancock in terms of size. He was also a signer of the Articles of Confederation. He also helped write the charter for Brown University. The town of Ellery, New York is named after him. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray ...another Harvard educated politician....  wish we had one in the White House...

May 12, 2017 04:34 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, James.  There's a lesson here about being the second in terms of the size of your signature.

May 12, 2017 04:45 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Maybe they were trying to make sure the space was filled.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 12, 2017 04:53 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He was ahead of me in mastering Greek and Latin, I was ok at it but no scholar.

May 12, 2017 05:05 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a good profile, a great story and a really good read.

May 12, 2017 05:06 AM #5
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for sharing another part of history with us today

May 12, 2017 05:21 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. William was a busy boy! Who knew! Enjoy your day.

May 12, 2017 05:29 AM #7
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 ,

Wow..learned something new today as always in Active Rain in your posts! William is quite a scholar..thank you!!

May 12, 2017 05:51 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Quite the distinguished fellow that I enjoyed learning about, as I had not known of him prior to this!

May 12, 2017 06:27 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James,

William had quite a legacy for our country and his immediate area. Thank you for sharing that info. 

May 12, 2017 06:31 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story.  From reading your posts, I am learning that many signed the Declaration of Independence.  I think that all our politicians should spend a bit of time re-reading it.  Hopefully they have read it!

May 12, 2017 07:03 AM #11
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Someone I have actually heard of. Every once in awhile I get lucky with a name but usually I get a great history lesson. thanks

May 12, 2017 09:41 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I guess I won't surprise you to confess I didn't know that James Dray 

May 12, 2017 09:38 PM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Well....not a famous person in my memory....but one I know now.

May 13, 2017 02:41 AM #14
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

And to have a city named after him and his accomplishments are amazing! Making a difference is what people need to remember.

Lauren Selinsky

May 13, 2017 04:02 AM #15
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