Phillis Wheatley

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Phillis Wheatley was born circa 1753. She moved to Boston in the British colony of Massachusetts in 1761 aboard the ship Phillis. She worked for John and Susanna. She was tutored by their oldest daughter where she learned to read and write. By the age of 12 she could read Greek, Latin and difficult passages from the Bible.

By the age of 14 she began to write, she went to London in 1773.   She spoke with the Lord Mayor of London, wrote letters to John Thornton and John Newton. She returned to the colonies, where she wrote to George Washington. He invited her to visit him at his headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts which she did in 1776. She died in 1784 due to health problems at 31.

What you may not know about Phillis is that around the age of 7-8 she was sold into slavery, for she was born in West Africa. When the Wheatley’s bought her they immediately gave her freedom, encouraged her to learn and become a writer of poetry. She was the first published African-American female poet. So, now what is your excuse for not being successful? Until tomorrow keep that smile going and pass it on. Today is going to be great!

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good question, James. When you figure the odds stacked against Phillis, the rest of us have no excuse not to be successful.

May 19, 2018 04:37 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nothing stopped Phillis, what about the rest of us? Enjoy your day!

May 19, 2018 04:58 AM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow, what an amazing story, James.  I wonder if we would have known her better had she lived a longer life.

May 19, 2018 05:04 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I have read some of her poems.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 19, 2018 05:44 AM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Phillis lived a full life in her short 31 years. She could teach some a thing or two.

May 19, 2018 05:51 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray it's always tough to be the first one to clear a path for future participants....and Phillis did that...

May 19, 2018 06:16 AM #6
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Interesting post, and you're completely correct. We don't have any valid excuses for not being successful.

May 19, 2018 06:51 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

God morning James - if she accomplished all of that no one else should have an excuse. 

May 19, 2018 07:36 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful story about Phyllis Wheatley.  I am going to see if I can find some of her poetry.  Happy Saturday.  A

May 19, 2018 08:06 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Such a lost at a very young age.  You  always comes up with some great history lessons for us.


May 19, 2018 10:16 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- you ask a very good question. How unaccomplished I feel!

May 19, 2018 01:07 PM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The history is a wow. Not many First like this.

May 19, 2018 06:58 PM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Great accomplishment and determnation for this young lady !

May 20, 2018 03:52 AM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Very good question, James:  'so what is your excuse for not being successful?'  Have a wonderful day!

May 21, 2018 09:52 AM #14
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