Andrew Jackson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Andrew Jackson was born in Alabama back in 1849.  For 15 years, he worked on a small farm.  At 16 he moved to a city just outside of Birmingham.  That is all I have about him of course there is more to his life so what say we start.

Around the time he moved to Birmingham he invent and patented his first invention (a plow), followed three years later with an improved one.  Those two inventions earned him almost $10,000.00 which he invested in real estate.

From 1890-1892, he earned another 2 patents improving the railroad coupler.  Sadly, he died in 1921, what is not known, is what he did from 1899 until his death. 

What you may not know about Andrew Jackson Beard is that he was born a slave.  He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio for his work on the railroad coupler design.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket. 



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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Another interesting historical biography from the master James Dray - this one with an unexpected twist!

Dec 04, 2017 04:08 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Nothing stopped Andrew from being successful! Enjoy your day!

Dec 04, 2017 04:10 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray another nice piece of history to share today.... 

Dec 04, 2017 04:12 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

and thanks to you - at least we now know a little more of the story

Dec 04, 2017 04:25 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I always love your stories about people like this who overcame tremendous adversity. 

Dec 04, 2017 04:59 AM #5
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Thank you for another part of our history that was a good share. This one did have a twist!

Dec 04, 2017 04:59 AM #6
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Another person born of adversity but unwilling to let circumstances define him. Thanks for the story.

Dec 04, 2017 05:08 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I thought no, he's not telling us about the figure we all know. Good one.

Dec 04, 2017 06:33 AM #8
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Bet he would love to see some of the plows in use today!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 04, 2017 07:02 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like quite the clever man, thanks for sharing this bit of history with us!

Dec 04, 2017 07:06 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Not the Andrew Jackson that came to my mind initially.  This was a superb story, what a great inventor of the railroad coupler.  A

Dec 04, 2017 07:47 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Another great one to know about and you make it good for us to learn about people!


Dec 04, 2017 08:47 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- you have shown us that there are so many people in our history we know nothing about!  Thank you. 

Dec 04, 2017 09:46 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - this is very interesting.  Thank you for you history lesson.

Dec 04, 2017 11:05 AM #14
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

He sounds like an interesting man. I had no idea he created improvements to the railway couplers. Thank you for sharing. 

Dec 04, 2017 05:23 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I must admit, railroad coupling, cost my family dearly as my uncle was killed when coupling a box car for the Great Northern railroad.

Dec 04, 2017 09:32 PM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What an interesting man, James! Thanks for sharing another bit of history that we were unware of!

Happy Monday!

Dec 04, 2017 09:51 PM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Wonder what that ten thousand would be in today's  dollars ?

Dec 05, 2017 04:07 AM #18
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - I have always had a high regard for inventors. There is a lot of courage involved in bringing an idea to fruition. 

Dec 05, 2017 08:05 AM #19
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