William Barton.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Barton was born in Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania back in 1754 to Thomas and Esther. He grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with the outbreak of the American War of Independence he went to England to study heraldry. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1779 where he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

In 1787, William was elected to Benjamin Franklin’s American Philosophical Society. By 1800, William had moved back to Lancaster. In 1813, he published Memoirs of the life of David Rittenhouse. He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1814. He died in Lancaster in 1817.

What you may not know about William is that not only was he a lawyer and scholar he along with Charles Thompson, designed the Great Seal of the United States.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I certainly know all the other names.  Thanks for some more PA colonial history.

Feb 07, 2019 03:09 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And once again I must say, "who knew?" and now I do! Enjoy your day!

Feb 07, 2019 04:35 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

He would have been called a draft dodger in the '60s!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 07, 2019 04:45 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning James. that is a good one I bet nobody knew this one.

Feb 07, 2019 04:47 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, interesting story indeed, I don't really know much at all about the Great Seal of the United States.

Feb 07, 2019 05:43 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Interesting history of this man, James.  Though I do question his leaving for England during the revolution.

Feb 07, 2019 05:48 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a really really neat story. Quite the accomplishment.

Feb 07, 2019 07:10 AM #7
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

What a wonderful story I will remember this one 

Feb 07, 2019 07:37 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Love the story, love the seal James Dray 

Feb 07, 2019 08:49 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Once again I was clueless, and enjoyed reading this story.  Wishing you a great time in our state.  A

Feb 07, 2019 09:58 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, I wonder how he figure out how to design it for us way back then.  Thanks.


Feb 07, 2019 10:18 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - I had to look up what heraldry was.  This was an interesting post. 

Feb 07, 2019 12:13 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I confess that I had to look up what heraldry is and after reading about his designing of the Great Seal of the United States it makes sense that he would be the one to do that.

Feb 07, 2019 02:36 PM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Now that is an accomplisment to be remembered for so thanks for telling me this.

Feb 07, 2019 03:01 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now that's impressive!!!! Thank you for this. 

Feb 07, 2019 05:02 PM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James, like Gabe Sanders I was curious about his departure prior to the Revolutionary War. Still, a very interesting story. 

Feb 07, 2019 06:17 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can honestly say I didn’t know that James Dray 

Feb 07, 2019 09:53 PM #17
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Great minds and forward thinkers that created this nation... 

Feb 08, 2019 06:14 AM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James where is the Golden Star to this post, I bet you 98% of those asked could not name who designed the Great Seal of our Country...Endre

Feb 08, 2019 10:39 PM #19
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, another one of your wonderful early American history stories.  They are always so interesting!

Feb 10, 2019 12:42 PM #20
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