Abraham Whipple

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Abraham Whipple was born in Providence, Rhode Island back in 1733 to Noah and Sarah. As I do not have any information as to his childhood what I can offer is the rest of the story, so let’s get to it. Early in life he decided to be a seafarer embarking on a career in the West Indies trade.

As the colonists began to resist the British crown in 1772 he led 50 Rhode Islanders in the capture and burning of the British cutter Gaspee. The British commander wrote that he would find Whipple and hang him at the yard arm. Whipple’s reply “Sir, always catch a man before you hang him.”

He was commissioned a captain in the Continental Navy commanding the 24-gun ship Columbus. He died in 1819, he was 85. Now for the rest of the story. in the French and Indian War period, he was a privateersman in one six-moth cruise he captured 23 French ships. He was the first to unfurl the Star-Spangled Banner in London. The first to sail an ocean-going ship 2000 miles downriver from Ohio to the Caribbean. One more thing, he was among the founders of the town of Marietta, Ohio and the first named proprietor of Charleston, Vermont. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket

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

Who could resist a story about a man with a name like that, James! And all those places he impacted and nothing was called Whipple?

Jul 05, 2017 04:25 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Abraham was a cocky guy with a high degree of determination. Enjoy your day!

Jul 05, 2017 04:26 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

An interesting life.

Was he related to Mr. Whipple from the commercials?

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 05, 2017 04:32 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

A fascinating story of a man I haven't heard of, James, but I should have.

Jul 05, 2017 04:38 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He seems to be a Columbus like figure as someone who was born to explore.

Jul 05, 2017 04:38 AM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Well I am impressed in a man with such great accomplishments James Dray 

Jul 05, 2017 05:52 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

well I got this one since I have relatives in many of the places he is know for.

Jul 05, 2017 07:28 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

WOW, Abraham Whipple sure got a lot accomplished in his lifetime. I would never have known it if not for you, James. 

Jul 05, 2017 07:38 AM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Oh yes James Dray and that penny in your pocket could get you in the Philadelphia Art Mueseum 

Jul 05, 2017 07:57 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon James. This was a really good read and I enjoyed it. Have a great day.

Jul 05, 2017 09:45 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like he lived an interesting life and I enjoy hearing about all of these people that I never knew about.

Jul 05, 2017 09:55 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love this post telling us the story of Abraham Whipple. How wonderful that he was the first to unfurl our Flag in London...Very appropriate for this month.  A 

Jul 05, 2017 10:09 AM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, I wonder if he one of his descendants was Mr. Whipple from the commercial fame?:))Endre

Jul 06, 2017 07:47 PM #13
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

My Mom was born in Marrietta, OH and grew up not far from there. There is a tiny city Whipple not far from there. Amazing the history you miss.

Jul 11, 2017 10:37 AM #14
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