Benjamin Franklin

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Benjamin Franklin was born in Ripley, New York back in 1841 to Anson and Susan.  Both of his parents died when he was eight so his uncle raised him. He received his M.D. for Cleveland Medical College, studied surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1863, he served as a battlefront surgeon for the Union Army in the Civil War. 

After the war, his medical practice was not doing well so he went to work in Pennsylvania’s oilfields, he was also a real estate speculator. He and J.P. Morris bought out a company located in Melrose, New York.  He moved to Akron, Ohio relocating his business there.  He was the first person in Akron to own a telephone.

His company started producing water hoses wrapped with cotton to prevent freezing.  He died in 1888, he was only 46.  The company that he and J.P. Morris bought out was the Hudson River Rubber Company.  What you may not know is that Benjamin Franklin Goodrich bought out J.P. Morris changing the name of the company to B.F. Goodrich.  that’s right an orphaned boy at eight founded one of the well-known producers of tires.  In 1994, Michelin bought the Uniroyal-B.F. Goodrich tire business.

Until tomorrow please keep that smile on your face, it may make someone’s day and of course keep that penny in your pocket.

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Aug 10, 2017 04:17 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Seems the guys named "Benjamin Franklin" Do OK for themsleves! Enjoy your day!

Aug 10, 2017 04:18 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Who hasn't heard of BF Goodrich, James? Any relationship to the "original" Benjamin Franklin?

Aug 10, 2017 04:46 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray everyone knows the name BF Goodrich.... and hang on to that penny..... 

Aug 10, 2017 05:08 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 ,

Thanks for your history lesson today. I remember BF Goodrich well! Amazing an orphaned boy at 8 founded one of the most well know producers of tires..only in America! 

Aug 10, 2017 05:14 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

From a physician to tires....what a switch !

Aug 10, 2017 05:42 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I always enjoyed their tongue in cheek commericals about the Goodrich blimp and now I know some history.

Aug 10, 2017 05:43 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well they keep on rolling.

Aug 10, 2017 06:07 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I was thinking of a different Benjamin Franklin, but it was good to learn about this Benjamin Franklin.

Aug 10, 2017 07:09 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I figured this wasn't the more known ben Franklin, but equally as interesting.

Aug 10, 2017 07:24 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - and now we know where the B. F. in BF Goodrich came from.

Aug 10, 2017 07:53 AM #11
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

In the automotive days, handled quite a few of the tires!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 10, 2017 08:00 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is a very interesting story and trivia about the BF Goodrich company that I had no idea of its founding fathers James Dray 

Aug 10, 2017 09:54 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

You had me fooled for a moment there, because I knew who Benjamin Franklin was...I love this story.  A

Aug 10, 2017 12:51 PM #14
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I was also fooled for a moment James. This I did not know and it was a very interesting read. Thank you!

Aug 10, 2017 01:40 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- who knew???  What a wonderful story about the founding of a company we all know. 

Aug 10, 2017 06:04 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Interesting story of Benjamin Franklin Goodrich... Hmmmm... but he died at 46?!?  Will be checking this part on the Internet...

Aug 11, 2017 11:25 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Another famous Ben Franklin. Great story - I had no idea.


Aug 12, 2017 04:37 PM #18
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James and yet another Benjamin Franklin of interest!

Aug 13, 2017 03:37 PM #19
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

That he was the 1st person in Akron to own a phone does not surprise me. That city revolved around his company for many a year.

Aug 23, 2017 10:18 AM #20
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