Isaac Leopold

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Isaac Leopold was born in Wachenheim, Bavaria back in 1850. He moved to the United States with his mother in 1856. Graduating from Central High School in Philadelphia, at 19 he was sent to Paris where he studied music for 3 years.

He moved back to American where he received a Law Degree from Columbia College in 1880. By the early 1890’s he was involved in many ventures including the Electric Vehicle Company, the Consolidated Rubber Tire Company and as president of the Electric Storage Company. He was a prominent figure of the American chess world. In 1892, he won a chess game against Wordsworth Donisthorpe, co-founder of the British Chess Club. He died in New York City in 1915.

What you may not know about Isaac Leopold Rice is in 1899 he bought the Holland Torpedo Boat Company, renaming it the Electric Boat Company. In that same year, he was awarded a contract with the United States Navy where he built 85 Navy submarines, 722 submarine chases and 580 motor launches for the British Royal Navy. His company solved the problem of submarines operating by electric power while under water. Oh, by the way the Electric Boat Company is now known as the General Dynamics Electric Boat even to this day.

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

Good morning, James Dray another piece of history that we should all be thankful for.....

Jan 30, 2018 04:05 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Who doesn't know the General Dynamics name, James? But most of us, I dare say, know nothing about how or when it got started and by whom.

Jan 30, 2018 04:30 AM #2
Linda Blumenthal
Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

Thanks for sharing a little bit of history.  Very interesting.  

Jan 30, 2018 04:34 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I thought this was going to be about the Gershwin brothers! thanks for sharing!

Jan 30, 2018 04:42 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well just another fact that I learmed today, Kathy gave you a wonderful post today, let it shine!

Jan 30, 2018 04:49 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Now there's a fun fact that has been hidden under water for many of us !

Jan 30, 2018 05:02 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Quite the resume for someone talented in so many areas. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 30, 2018 05:30 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I enjoyed reading this. My Dad graduated from Central High too.

Jan 30, 2018 05:40 AM #8
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I think I'll stay above the water line!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 30, 2018 06:40 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

A man with many accomplishments in his lifetime, thank you for letting me learn about him from your post.

Jan 30, 2018 06:44 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, thanks for sharing information for Isaac Leopold.   Did not know his complete background. 

Jan 30, 2018 07:20 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, another great history lesson and what people can do if they put their mind to it.


Jan 30, 2018 08:49 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is another one of your great moments in history.  Isaac Leopold sure made his contribution to the navy.  A

Jan 30, 2018 08:56 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 The submarine that I proudly served on Chris built by electric boat and it was a fine example of American workmanship James Dray 

Jan 30, 2018 01:11 PM #14
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Very interesting. I find it an interesting phenomenon that electric motors have now gone for being used in large equipment such as ships to now being used in cars. I suppose that the technology must first be vetted on the larger equipment. Thank you for sharing.  

Jan 30, 2018 02:32 PM #15
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Interesting, James.  From law school to building submarines.  Leopold was a big thinker and made a major contribution to the success of the U.S. military. 

Jan 30, 2018 05:10 PM #16
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I love your history lessons, James. This is another great one. Thanks for sharing. 

Jan 30, 2018 06:18 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- it continues to amaze me how there are so many people, men and women, who have contributed so much. 

Jan 30, 2018 06:32 PM #18
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