John Taliaferro

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Taliaferro was born in Newport, Kentucky back in 1860 to James and Maria. He attended Indiana University for a year before he was appointed to the United States Military Academy, graduating in 1882. After graduation, he was assigned to the 2nd Artillery as a second lieutenant. In 1890, he was moved to the Army’s Ordnance Department where he spent the remainder of his military career.

At the beginning of the Spanish-American War, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel assigned to Tampa, Florida as Chief Ordnance Officer. he arranged for the informal formation of a Gatling gun unit with fifteen of them along with a generous supply of ammunition which played a significant role in the Battle of San Juan Hill. I could write more about the man however that would be a three-day event. He retired from service as a Brigadier General in 1918. He died in 1940 at a young 79.

What you may not know about John Taliaferro Thompson is that he was the inventor of the Thompson submachine gun. That weapon was used extensively during WWII and beyond. Until tomorrow give someone a free gift of a smile.

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

Good morning, James Dray and that invention saved many American lives....

Sep 11, 2018 03:59 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A weapon that was necessary at that time.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 11, 2018 04:45 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Once again, and now I know! Keep them coming. Enjoy your day!

Sep 11, 2018 05:19 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The Tommy Gun is prominent in all the old ganster movies also.

Sep 11, 2018 05:37 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I can't say that I have ever had use for a sub machine gun and doubt that I ever will, haha.

Sep 11, 2018 05:52 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that sure lived on in the history of our country.

Sep 11, 2018 06:25 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Another unusual and amazing post. Have a good day.

Sep 11, 2018 07:07 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I remember that machine gun as being known as the Tommy gun James ...

Sep 11, 2018 07:46 AM #8
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I do like a good history lesson and this may come in handy with trivia one night too. Have a great day.

Sep 11, 2018 10:33 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have never been into guns of any sort...let alone machine guns.  Thanks for this story.  A

Sep 11, 2018 02:34 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I've heard of the gun, and now I know more about the man behind it. 

Sep 11, 2018 04:17 PM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I know of the Tommy Gun because I am around a family full of men and boys. 

Sep 11, 2018 04:23 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Those Thompsons (my maiden name) - they're inventive alright! 

Seriously, I never knew that. Thanks for sharing, James!

Sep 11, 2018 09:24 PM #13
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