David Marshall.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

David Marshall was born in Cumberland County, North Carolina back in 1900 to James and Laura. As a young boy, he worked at his family’s farm. In the 8th grade he was expelled from school. When he was 15 he enlisted in the Navy but they found out about his age and discharged him. In 1917, he enrolled in the Blackstone Military Academy however he failed to complete the first semester.

Having failed at many jobs he began to operate an illegal distillery near Godwin, North Carolina. Some deputies found the still, as they were transporting evidence they came under fire from David. Deputy Alfred Pate was struck two times by bullets and died at the scene. David was arrested the next day charged with murder.

While in prison he worked in the machine shop. It was there where his true talents were recognized. His sentence was commuted and he was released in 1929. He died in 1975.

What you may not know about David Marshall Williams is that he was an inventor. He held several patents for firearms. He designed the floating chamber and the short-stroke piston. He worked for the Colt Manufacturing Company, Remington Arms, Winchester Arms and the military. For those of you who are old enough to remember the movie “Carbine Williams”, that movie was based on his life. It was his design that produced the famous M-1 Carbine.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Did not know David by name but while at military school could field strip and reassemble an M1 blindfolded! Enjoy your day!

Nov 07, 2018 03:50 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Booze and firarms what could go wrong with that.

Nov 07, 2018 03:53 AM #2
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Interesting story James Dray . David was a very unruly person. I don't know what to think of him.

Nov 07, 2018 04:21 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I do remember that movie from mu childhood and the story brings back my movie memories.

Nov 07, 2018 05:53 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray he was a wild one....

Nov 07, 2018 06:34 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I guess there is evil and genius in all of us.

Nov 07, 2018 06:52 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a compelling story you share with us about David Marshall.  Wishing you a great dat.  A

Nov 07, 2018 07:00 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I suppose that his would be a case of finding somewhere to channel his energies and strengths. 

Nov 07, 2018 08:50 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It seems like some of the best businessmen start out illegally, haha.  You always share interesting people with us.

Nov 07, 2018 10:26 AM #9
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

The weapon I know well, the inventor not at all.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 07, 2018 11:12 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, I think I remember the movie was it James Stewart in it?  If it it the one I am thinking of it was.


Nov 07, 2018 11:57 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

James - sometimes crimanials use their knowledge later to work for the government. 

Nov 07, 2018 12:23 PM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - It is ironic that the prison system helped David develop firearm tech!

Nov 07, 2018 02:01 PM #13
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I do remember that movie - Jimmy Stewart? I love that part of North Carolina - a lot of bootleg  whiskey in that part of the country

Nov 09, 2018 04:35 AM #14
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Thanks again James for telling this tale of bad gone good and which led to a technological advance useful in the evolution of firearms.

Dec 06, 2018 02:20 PM #15
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