Peter Bruner

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Peter Bruner was born in Clark County, Kentucky back in 1845 into slavery. At around 10 he worked as a tanner. From what I’ve read he was a rebellious child who was beaten often. In 1864, he escaped and joined the Union Army as a free man at Camp Nelson in Kentucky serving in Company C of the 12th Regiment Heavy Artillery, as part of the United States Colored Troops.

The troop was led by Colonel Andrew H. Clark, when he started he had 400 men, shortly thereafter the roster had grown to 1,500.  He served in the western and central area of Kentucky performing garrison duty.

He moved to Oxford, Ohio in 1866, after being discharged. He was well liked in the community appointed “Mayor for the Day” in 1938.  He moved to Miami, Florida where he worked as a custodian and messenger.

What you may not know about Peter Bruner is that he was the first African-American to work at Miami University. He was also an author writing an autobiography, A Slave’s Adventures Toward Freedom.

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

That sounds like an interesting read...autobiographical I bet.

Apr 24, 2019 02:48 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray "mayor for the day".... reminds me of "Queen for a Day!!!"

Apr 24, 2019 03:06 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - the rebellious label doesn't surprise me. I can only imagine what I might be called under those horrible circumstances. 

Apr 24, 2019 03:11 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - this would certainly have significant information in his book.  Woth reading.

Apr 24, 2019 04:00 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Peter had a free spirit. It just needed to be challenged. Enjoy your day!

Apr 24, 2019 04:24 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Freedom is always worth fighting for.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 24, 2019 04:36 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a interesting life, Miami was his perfect landing place.

Apr 24, 2019 04:49 AM #7
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thanks for peaking my interest James Dray . I'm going to have to find out more about Peter.

Apr 24, 2019 05:36 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I can't get beyond he was beaten a lot. Amazing.

Apr 24, 2019 05:50 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a nice story, nobody should ever have to be a slave to another.  I am so happy he was able to get away and have a good life.

Apr 24, 2019 07:15 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Peter had an amazing tale to tell the world. 

Apr 24, 2019 07:38 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James Dray,  I did not know it great to that big of a company back in those days!


Apr 24, 2019 08:17 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an amazing story you shared with us this morning.  I always enjoy your posts.  A

Apr 24, 2019 08:45 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

You  must be working your way through the B column because of all the great people‘s last names that start with B, James Dray 

Apr 24, 2019 11:28 AM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Another fascinating story about someone overcoming incredible odds to become a true trailblazer. Thanks for sharing James.

Apr 24, 2019 01:16 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- there are so many people who were "firsts" and we know very little about them. 

Apr 24, 2019 05:20 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James what an incredible story of a man I never heard of. I love the spirit of the man, against all odds, good for him, Endre

Apr 24, 2019 11:35 PM #17
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I can imagine that the autobiography, A Slave's Adventure Toward Freedom is  a very interesting read.

Apr 25, 2019 12:21 PM #18
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Thjanks for the history lesson about somneone most of us would never know about.

Apr 26, 2019 06:18 AM #19
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