Rufus Porter

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Rufus Porter was born in West Boxford, Massachusetts back in 1792 to Tyler and Abigail.  Apparently, he was a brilliant child as he started school at 4.  The family moved to Maine when he was 9.  At 12 he attended Fryeburg Academy for a whole 6 months.

In 1815, he married Eunice before moving to New Haven, Connecticut in 1816.  Between 1825-1845 he was a muralist decorating some 160 homes, and inns covering several states. 

In his spare time, he experimented with a wind-powered gristmill, a washing machine, a corn sheller, a fire alarm, a rope-making machine and a camera. He also invented clocks, railway signals, churns, a distance measuring appliance, a horsepower mechanism, a churn, a life preserve, a cheese press and a revolving rifle.  His revolving rifle was sold to Samuel Colt for 100.00.  As far as I can tell he never applied for a patent on any of his inventions. 

However, what he did in 1845 will forever put him in the history books for in that year he started a new weekly publication called the Scientific American which is still in publication to this day..   Until tomorrow I bid for you a successful day filled with plenty of smiles and a laugh or two.


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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Ah the power of a creative mind! Look at all the benefits today that we have for things he invented or enhanced.

Jan 06, 2018 04:42 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I have not read that publication in years and will have to see if there is one on the internet.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 06, 2018 05:14 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is someone who was a restless spirit and endowed with more talent than ten people.

Jan 06, 2018 05:21 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... I had no clue that Scientific American magazine went that far back in our history.

Jan 06, 2018 05:23 AM #4
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning James Dray 

Thank you for sharing your information.

Have a great day.

Jan 06, 2018 05:40 AM #5
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

what a great story!  when I read that he started school at 4 I thought maybe he was so annoyingly inquisitive that his mother sent him to school early! 

Jan 06, 2018 05:41 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Rufus was a very interesting man. Thanks for the post. Enjoy your day!

Jan 06, 2018 05:44 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, a very influential person indeed and I have read Scientific American before, although it is not on my coffee table, haha.

Jan 06, 2018 06:56 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This is a great read and I enjoyed it a lot. Have a great day.

Jan 06, 2018 07:03 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  One again a great story from the past that is impressed on this young man.


Jan 06, 2018 08:37 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I used to read that magazine when I was a teenager.

Jan 06, 2018 10:12 AM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I guess most of us read the magazine and never thought a second about who started it, loved it, Endre

Jan 06, 2018 02:06 PM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I know that publication.  My parents used to subscribe, and my mother had it in the corporate food companies  as one of the many resouces for the scientists where she was the librarian.  A

Jan 06, 2018 03:02 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Wow, Rufus was a pretty impressive man. And a creative one. Who hasn't heard of Scientific American?!


Jan 06, 2018 04:47 PM #14
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I wonder why he never patented his inventions. The revolving rifle sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 06, 2018 08:22 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is my daughter's favorite publication. she started reading it in high school and I think she still subscribes James Dray 

Jan 06, 2018 10:35 PM #16
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