Benjamin Oliver

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Benjamin Oliver was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1877 to Louis and Henrietta. He graduated from the M Street High School. His father was a messenger for the Interior Department and his mother was a nurse. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army at the start of the Spanish-American War.

He was stationed in Chickamauga Park, Georgia, his unit was disbanded in 1899. That same year he enlisted as a private in Troop I, 9th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Fort Duchesne, Utah. In 1901, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry in the Regular Army. I won’t go into all the places where he served but suffice it to say he moved a lot. He retired in 1948 after 50 years of serving this Republic.

What you may not know about Benjamin Olives Davis is that he was the first African-American to rise to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. military in 1940. Six days after his retirement President Harry S. Truman issued executive order 9981, abolishing racial discrimination in the armed forces. He died in 1970, he was 93.

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

Good morning, James Dray it's amazing that it wasn't until 1940 that recognition to an African American in the MILITARY was given....sad on many levels...

Sep 06, 2019 02:49 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is an amazing read about a wonderful and brave man.

Sep 06, 2019 04:00 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A dedicated man to his country and the military.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 06, 2019 04:07 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure lived a wonderful and fulfilling life.

Sep 06, 2019 04:55 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

A brave trail-blazer for sure, James... and a true American hero. Thanks for letting us know about Benjamin Oliver.

Sep 06, 2019 05:45 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray, rising to the level of Brigadier General is extraordinary for any one person, but to do it while overcoming barriers is something entirely different. 

Sep 06, 2019 06:02 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Talk about a guy who never gave up and Benjamin is your poster photo. Enjoy your day!

Sep 06, 2019 06:26 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - as Barbara Todaro commented, it's rather sad to think of some of the history in our country but also realize that such great achievements have been made as well.  

Sep 06, 2019 06:28 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It was good to hear that President Truman abolished all the racial idiocy. and was delighted to read about Brigadier General Davies. 

Sep 06, 2019 07:05 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a very high honor for sure, being one of the reasons that walls were broken down!  It is sad that after all these years there is still so much to be done towards this end.

Sep 06, 2019 07:50 AM #10
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-507-7510

Great story and thanks for bringing attention to this great man.  Another brick in the wall of history has come down.

Sep 06, 2019 09:07 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - Another true patriot.  Thanks for this story.

Sep 06, 2019 02:20 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- what a wonderful career, even more so because of the obstacles he faced. 

Sep 06, 2019 02:37 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I know I say this all the time but I did not know that James Dray 

Sep 06, 2019 05:45 PM #14
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I love history and your stories.  Keep them coming!

Sep 07, 2019 04:14 AM #15
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
It is crazy that for so long that African Americans served in the military without equal rights as to rank and recognition.  Good for President Harry Truman!

Sep 07, 2019 07:15 AM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I know so little about rank and recognition in the services but I did like and seond the comment of Carol Williams .  

Sep 07, 2019 03:25 PM #17
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Benjamin Oliver, a dedicated, ambitious, and hard working man who helped make a difference.

Sep 07, 2019 06:18 PM #18
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe 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


Thank you for another history lesson, this time about Benjamin Oliver, the first African-American to rise to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. military in 1940.

Sep 08, 2019 10:13 PM #19
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

An American to be proud of!!  Thank you, James!

Oct 05, 2019 08:19 AM #20
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