John Brown

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

John Brown was born in Sheffield, England back in 1816. His father was a slater (one who covers buildings with slate). When he turned 14 he apprenticed to Earl, Horton, & Company. They manufactured files and cutlery. In 1844, he started his own company John Brown & company manufacturing steel.

He sold the business shortly after making a huge profit. In 1856, he started a new business on a 3-acre track, just three years later that business was so successful it had grown into a 30-acre track. In 1864, he retired living in Sheffield. He was elected Mayor of Sheffield, knighted in 1867. He died in 1896, he was 80.

What you may not know about John is that in 1848 he invented the conical steel spring buffer for railway carriages. He sold them to most railways throughout the UK. However, it was what he invented in 1860, that will place him in the history book. John developed rolled armor plating for war ships. Now I bet you were thinking of another John Brown when you first started reading this, didn’t you?

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

His invention ambition started at an early age and continued to benefit many with his forward thinking .

Apr 15, 2019 02:34 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John was not content to sit still. Enjoy your day.

Apr 15, 2019 03:27 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Both were great inventions to make life safer. Enjoy your week.

Apr 15, 2019 04:22 AM #3
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 ,

Another history lesson that was worth the read! Isn't it amazing the inventions John Brown made that benefited the world!

Apr 15, 2019 05:22 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. You are right I was thinking of another john Brown.

Apr 15, 2019 05:23 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Yes, and how smooth of you to add that!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 15, 2019 05:50 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I am sure that John Brown’s invention saved many sailors lives over the years James Dray 

Apr 15, 2019 07:45 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Monday James,  Wow,  how people would think of how to do that back in those days!


Apr 15, 2019 08:05 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - and yes another John Brown known now for his incredible achievements. 

Apr 15, 2019 12:03 PM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


John Brown was not a name I recognized.  I did recognize the town Sheffield for its beautiful knives.  My parents had a set.  A

Apr 15, 2019 02:48 PM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

John's contribution to the military is unmeasurable. His invention of the rolled armor planting for battleships saved numerous lives and ships.

Apr 15, 2019 02:49 PM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - It is very interesting to see that many inventions and processes were developed because of a need that had to be addressed. 

Apr 15, 2019 04:33 PM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He definitely advanced warfare with that last invention so that would be a mixed blessing.

Apr 15, 2019 05:47 PM #13
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I admire the folks who make a fortune and then go into another field and make another fortune James Dray .

Apr 15, 2019 05:50 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James you are getting tricky with us, we are having a hard time getting to know one person not alone two with the same name reminds me I saw today there is another Brad Andersohn  similar spelling different person on the Platform, Endre

Apr 15, 2019 11:46 PM #15
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