Thomas Coke

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Thomas Coke was born in Brecon, South Wales back in 1747. He stood 5’01” tall being prone to overweight. He studied at the Jesus College, Oxford graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. Continuing his education with a Master of Arts in 1770, and a Doctor of Civil Law in 1775. When he returned to Brecon, he was elected as mayor in 1772.

The same year he was elected mayor, he was also ordained in the Church of England. Following the American Revolution most of the clergy associated with the Church of England moved back to England. He sailed to the United States ending up in Baltimore on Christmas Day 1784. From 1784 to 1803 he made eight trips to America. I guess you could call him a traveling man as he made trips to Gibraltar, Paris, Canada, Scotland and the West Indies to name a few.

What you may not know about Thomas is that he was the first Methodist bishop given that position in 1797. He died in 1814, at 66 years young.

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Baltimore was known as the city of churches - and many famous theologians are connected to Baltimore - Bishop Carroll, Mother Seaton, and your Thomas Coke

Jul 12, 2019 03:51 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray good info to read today.... the Methodist religion of the many Protestant Christian sects is a popular one in our country.... 

Jul 12, 2019 03:52 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

This is what popped up in my mind!


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Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 12, 2019 04:33 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Once again, as most times happens with these posts, and now I know! Enjoy your day 

Jul 12, 2019 04:40 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Travel sure rounds a person out to see that there is much more out there than the world that we live in.

Jul 12, 2019 04:50 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

A landmark historic position for this "man of the cloth."

Jul 12, 2019 04:56 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Can;t say I ever heard of Thomas Coke until now. Then again, I know very little about Methodists except the little bit I learned in a Lutheran school.

Jul 12, 2019 05:08 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

As I grow older 66 is not that old. This man  squessed his life into a small space, James Dray 

Jul 12, 2019 05:12 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - thank you for the introduction to Thomas Coke.  The comment by Lise Howe provided more information about Baltimore that I don't recall previously knowing.  Of course, I agree with the insight shared by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS .

Jul 12, 2019 06:08 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like an interesting man and I had not heard of him before today, thanks for sharing.

Jul 12, 2019 07:13 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Never heard of him, and I am amazed at how many times he traveled given how slow getting from place to place took a long time unlike these days.  A

Jul 12, 2019 07:28 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I am astonished by all the trips. This must-have consumed most of his life. ...A real man of the world!

Jul 12, 2019 09:32 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James -  was very similar and Methodism became popular in the English speaking colonies.

Jul 12, 2019 09:32 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thomas certainly was a globetrotter. I'm sure he left everywhere he went better than when he got there.

Jul 12, 2019 01:02 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, the story of the life of Thomas Coke was very interesting.  Also something I never thought about was the aftermath of the American Revolution and the Church of England Clergy returning to their homeland.

Jul 12, 2019 02:39 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- you know today his traveling would have been a drop in the bucket to many but in those days it must have been very tiresome. 

Jul 12, 2019 03:00 PM #16
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