Robert Digges

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert Digges Wimberly Connor was born in Wilson, North Carolina back in 1878 to Henry and Kate. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1899. In 1907, he was placed in charge of the North Carolina Historical Commission. He lobbied the North Carolina General Assembly for a building and funding for what would later become the State Archives of North Carolina. He served as the first state archivist of North Carl=olina from 1907 to 1921.

In 1921, he was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a position he held until 1934. He died in 1950, he was 71.

What you may not know about Robert is that in 1934 President Franklin Roosevelt appointed him to head the National Archives of the United States, making him the first American historian, a position he held from 1934 to 1941.

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Comments (16)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray it sounds like Robert Digges earned and deserved that honor....

Sep 29, 2019 02:56 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

A position many....including me ...didn't know existed.

Sep 29, 2019 03:00 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Wilson NC is the home not only to Robert Digges but also to the best North Carolina barbecue - a little restaurant called Parker's. 

Sep 29, 2019 04:06 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Such a well deserved honor, I always like firsts.

Sep 29, 2019 05:07 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I should have bought the Honda dealership in Wilson, then I would probably have known more of him.

Must keep quite a few employed dusting!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 29, 2019 05:11 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A really good read this morning. I didn't know we had a National Historian.

Sep 29, 2019 05:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James: it's interesting this department didn't exist until FDR.  I would have thought there would be a longer history(so to speak). Interesting.  I wonder if it still exists today. 

Sep 29, 2019 06:14 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

For his position, there is no greater honor! 

Sep 29, 2019 07:17 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I adore history and while some try to rewrite history to suit their needs, I try to remember what I learned in school. It used to be a requirement for high school graduation, but those days are gone along with social studies and civics James Dray 

Sep 29, 2019 08:10 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a nice story of someone whose interest created a whole national department.  A

Sep 29, 2019 09:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James.... somehow, I didn't know we even had a national historian... but I do now thanks to your post.

Sep 29, 2019 12:13 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the history of Robert  Digges and the National Historian position.

Sep 29, 2019 10:19 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  I wonder who took the job over after him.  I am like others here and did not know we had a historian.

Oct 01, 2019 10:40 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe 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 sharing about Robert Digges, the first American historian.

Oct 01, 2019 10:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I think I enjoy the stories you share that are totally new learning for me best of all!


Oct 01, 2019 08:31 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Wow, that is quite an honor FDR gave him James Dray 

Oct 02, 2019 09:43 AM