Ann Smith

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Ann Smith was born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1696. History has lost who her parents were, where she went to school and all the other interesting facts I write about. However, they are not in play for the rest of the story.

She married James around 1723, the union produced 5 children of which 4 survived to adulthood. James died after a long illness in 1735 leaving Ann a widow with 4 children to support. What she did after his death will forever place her in the history books.

In 1736, she petitioned the General Assembly of Rhode Island to let her practice her trade which was granted, a position she held until her death in 1763 when she was 66 years young.

What you may not know about Ann Smith Franklin is her husband James was the brother-in-law of Benjamin Franklin. She was the first female newspaper editor in the colonies. The first woman to write an almanac and the first woman inducted into the University of Rhode Island’s Journalism Hall of Fame.

Until tomorrow keep those pearly showing, it may just make someone’s day



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

Always great to learn about someone who was a true pioneer and led the way for other women.

Aug 29, 2017 04:23 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

My kind of woman, James! A great story about someone probably most of us have never heard about.

Aug 29, 2017 04:45 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Hopefully, it was true reporting!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 29, 2017 04:46 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Aug 29, 2017 04:52 AM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good for her, James.  I love reading about people that did what it takes to survive and excel. 

Aug 29, 2017 05:02 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Ann is an example of the heroes you never hear about! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Aug 29, 2017 05:09 AM #6
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

The beginning of journalism from a female perspective...!

Aug 29, 2017 05:18 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It seems like Ben Franklin was everywhere and related to everyone in the those days James Dray 

Aug 29, 2017 05:42 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Wow, what a great read and fascinating woman.

Aug 29, 2017 06:53 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning James - thank for the info.  I know the Bejamin Franklin started in Boston before he went to Philadelphia.

Aug 29, 2017 08:38 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James, 

Ann had lots of firsts!  Fabulous - She broke the ceiling on many levels.

Aug 29, 2017 11:00 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have known a lot of Smith's in my days, but I have never heard of this Ann Smith until today!

Aug 29, 2017 03:47 PM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great story and what fun to have been related to Benjamin Franklin.  The halo effect still works.  A

Aug 29, 2017 04:05 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

What a great story about Ann! Bravo for her accomplishments.


Aug 29, 2017 05:28 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow, this is awesome, sadly I lived in Boston for over 10+ years and did not know this story, I am so glad you shared it with us... on a side note I probably walked on the same cobble stones on Beacon Hill selling Real Estate where she walked....Endre

Aug 29, 2017 10:07 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, another interesting woman - who achieved so much for her generation and I'm sure was honored to be the sister-in-law of Benjamin Franklin.

Happy Wednesday, James!

Aug 30, 2017 08:02 AM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I would have loved to have known well-educated and talented Ann Smith Franklin. Seems she led a very exciting and interesting life.  

Aug 31, 2017 10:23 PM #17
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

I thought the four children surviving to adulthood would be her story because that was a feat unto itself in those days. She really was an amazing woman.

Sep 15, 2017 10:00 AM #18
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