John Mercer

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

John Mercer was born in Fort Brooke, Florida back in 1826 to George and Lucy. He attended the United States Naval Academy in 1847, commissioned as a lieutenant in 1855. His first assignment was at the United States Naval Observatory charting the stars.

One of his other assignments was to take soundings to determine the shape of the ocean’s bottom. He served in the North Pacific Exploring and Surveying Expedition on the USS Vincennes, he was also in charge of the astronomical department. During the American Civil War, he served in the Confederate Navy. He was instrumental in the conversion of the USS Merrimack into the ironclad CSS Virginia. He also helped develop a new rifled fun for the Navy that became known (in a moment). In 1863, he was promoted to Chief of the Confederate Navy’s Bureau of Ordinance until the end of the war. After the war, he became a professor of physics and astronomy at the Virginia Military Institute, retiring in 1899

What you may not know about John Mercer Brooke is that he was instrumental in the creation of the Transatlantic Cable. Of course, you’ve figured it out by not that rifle was of course the Brooke rifle. There is more but my word limit is up.

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

Good morning, James Dray and it all began with an underground cable for telegraph communication....and look where we are now!

Apr 12, 2019 03:36 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

WOW...we have made such leaps in communication...he would be amazed !

Apr 12, 2019 03:58 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A really interesting read today. Thanks for the information.

Apr 12, 2019 04:11 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning James, that was sure a contribution to communication.

Apr 12, 2019 04:21 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John was a man ahead of his time for sure. Enjoy your day!

Apr 12, 2019 04:56 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - a not-so-simple invention sets off many changes/innovations.  It's always good to see how we continue to progress.

Apr 12, 2019 05:19 AM #6
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

A very interesting story James Dray , thank you.

Apr 12, 2019 05:25 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James -  that was really a great discovery.  Look where we are now.

Apr 12, 2019 05:43 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Transatlantic cable was really something...and now the Internet.  The need to communicate is alive and well!  A

Apr 12, 2019 06:45 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray

At the time, laying that underwater cable was very treacherous. He did a lot in his life. 

Apr 12, 2019 07:17 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 That trans Atlantic cable changed the world and the rest of Mercer’s life was just frosting on the cake James Dray 

Apr 12, 2019 08:21 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hey, my Mom is a Mercer!!!  I had an uncle John, but this was not him.  I wonder if somewhere down the line, this man was related to us.

Apr 12, 2019 09:10 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I cannot imagine what it must have taken to lay the transatlantic cable, especially with what was available in those days. 

Apr 12, 2019 06:53 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I wonder if our friend Liz and Bill Spear  a naval academy grad new this??Endre

Apr 12, 2019 11:59 PM #14
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

James, got me again. I love the info you put out. It's like a prize for the brain.

Apr 13, 2019 05:36 AM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I give him more credit for the transatlantic cable instead of a gun.

Apr 15, 2019 05:51 PM #16
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