Samuel Spahr

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Samuel Spahr was born in Ohio County, Virginia back in 1824. Sorry, but I don’t have any information about his childhood, parents or much of anything before 1848. In 1848, he graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as valedictorian.

After graduation, he was a professor at Westminster College from 1854 to 1861. In 1863, he moved to New York from Paris landing a job as manager of the New York City’s Gold Exchange. He was also an amateur electrician. It was while working in the gold exchange he invented something that of course will forever place him in the history books.

From 1876 to 1889 he served as president of the University of Missouri, when he moved to Kansas City, Kansas where he managed his investments and wrote some books. He again moved to Columbia, South Carolina teaching at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary until his retirement in 1891. He died in 1921 at a young 96.

What you may not know about Samuel Spahr Laws is that his invention was the Laws Gold Indicator a predecessor of the ticker tape machine. While at the gold exchange he hired a promising penniless would-be inventor, maybe you’ve heard of him Thomas A. Edison as a mechanical supervisor. Until tomorrow may your day be filled with a lot of smiles

Posted by


NW Arkansas the home of WalMart, JB Hunt Trucking and Tyson Foods.


Come for a visit stay for a lifetime.  




This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Just for Fun
Arkansas Benton County Gentry

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
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

Hi James,
Besides being smart himself, Samuel was a pretty good judge of potential, wasn't he? 

Aug 15, 2018 04:13 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Imagine being remembered for who you hired.

Aug 15, 2018 04:43 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

A man who took a chance on a promising penniless would be inventor. He recognized talent and made things happen.

Aug 15, 2018 04:49 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

what a great story - you always find the most interesting stories to share with us

Aug 15, 2018 04:55 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that was a good pick, both contributed many inventions to society.

Aug 15, 2018 05:00 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Samuel was multi-talented without doubt. Enjoy your day!

Aug 15, 2018 05:36 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That's a daily double of inventing and discovering an inventor.

Aug 15, 2018 06:25 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Must have been a shock to him after Edison made his name!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 15, 2018 08:02 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hiring an amazing man like Thomas Edison is quite the claim to fame, sounds like he led a good life.

Aug 15, 2018 09:07 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - just shows what can be accomplished when you get the right people on the bus.

Aug 15, 2018 10:22 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Another interesting history lesson for us here in the rain.  Thanks


Aug 15, 2018 10:40 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a world of coincidences that this gentleman hired Thomas Edison..and then look what happened.  A

Aug 15, 2018 03:59 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I don't know how you find these but they certainly are interesting. 

Aug 15, 2018 05:16 PM #13
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

James Dray I just love your history many fabulous people in our history that most of us never knew about.

Aug 15, 2018 06:54 PM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 It seems that he found a needl in a haystack when he discovered Thomas Edison. Talk about for sight  James....

Aug 15, 2018 09:22 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James wow that is like getting two historical messages in one post, love it, Endre

Aug 16, 2018 12:01 AM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Another fascinating story of an inventor and his contribution.  Just wondering, James, you post a number of stories of inventors and their inventions,  do you have a patent out there?

Aug 16, 2018 10:30 AM #17
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Amazing how great minds work together!!  James, we need to collaborate!!  Who knows WHAT we could invent!!

Sep 14, 2018 04:58 AM #18
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


James Dray

Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
Just ask me
Spam prevention