Samuel Cleland Davidson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Samuel Cleland Davidson was born in County Down, Ireland back in 1846. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. At 15 he left to work at a Belfast civil engineering firm ran by William Hastings. In 1864, he left his job to work for his father who operated a flour mill. Later on, his father and uncle ran a business importing tea. Samuel was invited to take a trip to India to see how tea was manufactured.

With his background in agricultural and engineering knowledge he began to develop an improvement to significantly improve crop yields. He invented and developed a means to mass produce the tea crops. Returning to Ireland in 1874, he began to manufacture his patented tea machinery, as they say the rest is history. He died in 1921, he was 74.

What you may not know about Samuel is that he invented the first convection heating system for the drying of tea. This method became popular in schools, church halls and workrooms. In 1898, he introduced the first forward-bladed centrifugal fan. That fan evolved into the first air conditioning system. In 1921, he was knighted by King George V.

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

Good morning, James Dray the first air conditioning system is a Godsend to the world from Samuel Cleland Davidson.... 

Sep 11, 2019 03:42 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

We could not live in Florida without that. Have a great day.

Sep 11, 2019 04:42 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - an incredible invention and story of its beginning.  

Sep 11, 2019 04:48 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Which was he Knighted for?

An occasional cup of tea is good and the A/C as well.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 11, 2019 05:15 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The creative mind should not be wasted. Samuel is a prime example. Enjoy your day!

Sep 11, 2019 05:48 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - whoever has had any part of air conditioning I have to thank.

Sep 11, 2019 08:41 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful story, and drying tea convection style for a tea loving nation is definitely worth a knighthood.  A

Sep 11, 2019 09:21 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... from drying to cooling... Samuel managed it all. What would do without air conditioning these days?

Sep 11, 2019 10:41 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Wow, what an example of how one thing can lead to another.

Sep 11, 2019 01:38 PM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Cool,  sorry I couldn’t help myself from that pun 🙄 James Dray 

Sep 11, 2019 01:57 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- having just come off of a few weeks of 100 degree weather, you have no idea how much I appreciate this gentleman. 

Sep 11, 2019 06:34 PM #11
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I am so fortunate for air conditioning. Growing up in south Louisiana, I have no idea how my ancestors survived. I guess if you don't know what it feels like, you just cope with it.

Sep 12, 2019 06:59 AM #12
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I love my iced tea also, so Samuel, here's to you and making me a happy girl!!

Sep 12, 2019 07:00 AM #13
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