Richard Dudgeon

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Richard Dudgeon was born in Tain, Scotland back in 1819.  At an early age his family moved to the United States settling in New York City.  His profession was a mechanic where he founded an engineering machine shop on Broome Street.  The business still exists and Richard Dudgeon, Inc. 

He died in 1895, in New York City.  What you may not know about Richard is that he received a patent for something that is still in use to this day.  That patent was for the hydraulic jack. For you guy, you sure know what that is.

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

Good morning, James Dray the hydraulic jack is used universally for a variety of heavy items that require lifting.... especially vehicles .... homes also require jacking up to replace sills....

Oct 14, 2019 03:29 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Never knew the origin, but my father was in the auto repair business and I straightened many frames, when cars were cars, using several. Enjoy your day!

Oct 14, 2019 03:37 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

My daughter lived near Broome St when she lived in New York City, last year 

Oct 14, 2019 03:47 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Enjoy your C. J. Box book. We find our copies at our local library.

Oct 14, 2019 03:50 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Wayne,

Like the good set of Craftsman tools, there is one next to the box in the truck!

Now another to thank for saving the back!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 14, 2019 04:22 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That invention sure helped many folks backs.

Oct 14, 2019 04:47 AM #8
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Something many of us have used and others have adapted over years, I think of those hydraulic trucks for moving boxes around as well.

Oct 14, 2019 04:50 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A very accomplished guy for sure. What happened with the font?

Oct 14, 2019 06:02 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi James - I know of the hydraulic jack but that's pretty much sums up my knowledge.  Thank goodness for AAA.  

Oct 14, 2019 06:33 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is certainly something that comes in handy during a mechanics work day!

Oct 14, 2019 07:27 AM #12
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Since I'm not a guy, James, it;s clear why I had no idea what a hydraulic jack is! But I do know Broome Street in NYC!

Oct 14, 2019 08:51 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- well, I do know what a hydraulic jack is but if you told me to go find one in my garage, it would take me a while. 

Oct 14, 2019 10:26 AM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - what a contribution he made.  We use hydraulics not only for jacks but brakes.

Oct 14, 2019 12:09 PM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I watched my husband use these many times while working on our cars. He probably was the forerunner of many other hydraulic inventions like the hydraulics used in planes. 

Oct 14, 2019 12:29 PM #16
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Give me a 3 ton steel hydraulic floor jack and I'll move mountains but now that I'm older those shiny aluminum ones are catching my eye. I started using them at 13 and only one ever failed me. They do require some regular maintenance.

Oct 14, 2019 12:29 PM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I know what a hydraulic jack is and I have seen them in use.  And that sums up my knowledge.  Have a great week.  A

Oct 14, 2019 12:58 PM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I've never used a hydraulic jack but I do know what it is. I hope to never have to use one either.

Oct 14, 2019 03:00 PM #19
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.  Not sure where mechanics would be today with that hydraulic jack.  Great invention.

Oct 14, 2019 05:51 PM #20
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

they use those hydraulic jacks a lot when lifting homes in New Orleans, due to ground subsiding ( aka: living in below sea level)

Oct 15, 2019 06:56 AM #21
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray,   hard to imagine all the grateful people who would thank Richard Dudgeon if he were here today.  Perhaps goes to show what we think of repetitively sinks into our deepest part of the mind and can come up with answers.  If Mr. Richard Dudgeon felt this neediness in his line of work, he probably had to find an answer;  he did, with the hydraulic jack.

Oct 16, 2019 01:39 PM #22
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