Charles Ward

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Ward was born in Eatonton, Georgia back in 1872 to George and Anna. He was only one of eighteen children born to the couple. He attended Knox Institute and Morris Brown University. He was 10 years old when he started earning a living by working at odd jobs like lumber yards, and brick and mortar positions. Later on, he was a school teacher in White Plains, Georgia.

He was the first head electrician of U.S. Steel. Ever the entrepreneur, he was involved in much more than being an electrician. He helped import silver, tin and mahogany for the Gold Coast of West Africa. In 1922, he imported 100,000 tons of manganese and around $8,000,000.00 worth of mahogany. He also successfully designed a long-distance airplane.

What you may not know about Charles Ward Chappelle is that he was an African-American. That is an accomplishment in of itself, to be an African-American and accomplish what he did is a tribute to someone who would not let race slow him down. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow, quite some life and accomplishments no matter what race this gentleman was.  

Mar 04, 2018 05:11 AM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

what about a nod to his mother with eighteen children! She deserves a lot of credit too! LOL

Mar 04, 2018 05:24 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

We are with Lise Howe ...Let's hear it for Mom !

Mar 04, 2018 05:58 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another interesting man that I get to learn more about from you!  I hope that your weekend is going well my friend!

Mar 04, 2018 06:32 AM #4
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

Good morning James Dray ,
So much for the theory of being suppressed due to race. 

Mar 04, 2018 06:40 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... I cannot imagine having 17 siblings! Nor can I imagine raining 18 kids! $8 Million of mahogany was major money back in the day!

Mar 04, 2018 06:53 AM #6
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

sounds like an incredible businessman !

Mar 04, 2018 06:58 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Another great story James.  Ron and I met a man in Costa Rica who was one of 18 children, and he himself had 7...What a great accomplishment Mr. Chappelle's life was.  A

Mar 04, 2018 07:10 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is an incredible story/ Thank you for the lesson.

Mar 04, 2018 08:17 AM #9
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And being the oldest of nine that would be a houseful.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 04, 2018 09:02 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James another great history lesson that you are supplying us with here in the rain.

Mar 04, 2018 10:54 AM #11
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I am very impressed. In this case, however, his heritage gave him a distinct advantage. Thank you for sharing. 

Mar 04, 2018 11:58 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - that is really a great string of accomplishments. Great example of persistence.

Mar 04, 2018 12:22 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It's always good to see someone conquer race and become something special to us all James Dray 

Mar 04, 2018 05:16 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

That is what I call a multi talented and persevering individual and as I said before thank  you for introducing me to another great historical figure in our country, Endre

Mar 04, 2018 10:04 PM #15
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