Charles Albert

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Albert was born in Fairfield, Maine back in 1844 to Albert and Anstrus. When he was 18 he moved to Lynn, Massachusetts to work for his uncle Charles at his shoe company. He spent 20 years there, establishing his own shoe factory. In 1833, he was approached by another Lynn businessman to help with a struggling electric company from New Britain, Connecticut.

During his time at the electric company under his care he expanded it to include plants in Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. He retired from the board in 1922, retaining a rather large amount of the company’s stock. When he died in 1926, he was one of the wealthiest men in the world.

What you may not know about Charles Albert Coffin, is that electric company was named Thomason-Houston which later changed its name to General Electric. He was the co-founder of General Electric and its first President. From shoes to President of a large electrical company, now that is what America is all about.

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

Quite a leap in those shoes....and a legacy he proudly owns.

Jul 07, 2019 02:49 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray there were many GE plants in MA and during one college summer, I worked on the conveyor belt in one of them.... the good ole days....

Jul 07, 2019 03:26 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Must have been a shock from shoes to electricity!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 07, 2019 04:34 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... who doesn't know General Electric (in fact, I've known quite a few people in my life who've worked for GE). But I think most of us would know very little about the founding of the company.

Jul 07, 2019 05:20 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is an impressive guy for sure. Nice informative post.

Jul 07, 2019 05:32 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nice leap of faith that paid off well. Enjoy your day!

Jul 07, 2019 06:17 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

GE is certainly a household name these days, so I would imagine there is plenty of wealth there.

Jul 07, 2019 06:41 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, from shoes to President of G E.  It is amazing that people with WILL POWER can become great!

Jul 07, 2019 09:13 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a leap from shoes to GE.  Wishing you a great week ahead, and a wonderful Sunday golfing.  A

Jul 07, 2019 10:14 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I love to hear about these success stories. 

Jul 07, 2019 12:06 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now that was a huge leap!  Hope you've been able to hit the little round ones. 

Jul 07, 2019 12:11 PM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - yes, you said it.  That is what America is all about!

Jul 07, 2019 12:39 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What an impressive run Charles had. From the outhouse to the penthouse!

Jul 07, 2019 03:01 PM #13
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Charles did quite well for himself with his move.  Good for him. 

Jul 07, 2019 07:32 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James who knew that he lived in the city affectionately known by locals as The City of Sin aka Lynn.. I used to go there to do my  laundry a hundred years ago:)Endre

Jul 08, 2019 12:00 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray that was a beautiful story; great knowing a little, but important,, history of General Electric. 

Jul 08, 2019 11:46 AM #16
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years


I did not know he was the co-founder of General Electric and its first President.

Jul 08, 2019 02:29 PM #17
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

You could almost have a "pun" contest with this one James Dray .

Jul 10, 2019 05:35 PM #18
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I think if the Elton John song, " got electric boots, a mohair suit"

Jul 11, 2019 06:15 AM #19
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