Robert Tanner

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert Tanner was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1846.  His father was a carpenter.  He worked for a doctor in Washington during his late teens.  He graduated from Harvard University in 1869.

In 1873, he contracted a water borne plague that resulted in his untimely death.  However, what he did accomplish in his short life of course is the rest of the story, so let’s get to it.

Robert Tanner Freeman was the first African-American to graduate with a dental degree in the United States.  Remember I wrote about Dr. Nathan Cooley yesterday?  Well Freeman was one of the first six students accepted to the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine.

He was influential in serving his African-American community paving the way for a much needed cultural and political change.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face, it is highly contagious.

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

Good morning, James Dray another "first" to pave the way for future scholars to take over....

Aug 21, 2017 04:11 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for telling us about Robert Tanner Freeman.

Aug 21, 2017 04:18 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Thanks again for sharing these lessons in history.

Aug 21, 2017 05:08 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- another first and a shame that his life was too short

Aug 21, 2017 05:12 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

What could he have accomplished if he had lived longer?

Except for visiting the tax accountant, the office I do not like to visit!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 21, 2017 05:57 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Robert was a true pioneer whose life was unfortunately shortened! Enjoy your day!

Aug 21, 2017 06:14 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning James - another trail blazer.  It is sad that his life was cut short.

Aug 21, 2017 06:38 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

A life should not be measured in quanity but quality. This man proves that.

Aug 21, 2017 06:52 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow interesting James as always, to short of a time on this earth but made the most of it.


Aug 21, 2017 08:34 AM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  I can't type that well on my iPad.  Hope you have a great solar eclipse day.

Aug 21, 2017 09:12 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Again you taught me something I did not know and I thank you for that James Dray 

Aug 21, 2017 09:46 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

A water borne plague does not sound like a good thing at all, but that is a great accomplishment in becoming the first.

Aug 21, 2017 11:30 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Such a shame to have a life cut short, with so much ahead that might have been!


Aug 21, 2017 01:18 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, James. Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Aug 22, 2017 07:34 AM #14
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

I guess we are all put here for a reason. He paved the way. Thanks for bringing him to our attention today.

Aug 28, 2017 07:38 AM #15
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