Charles Edgar Duryea

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Edgar Duryea was born in Canton, Illinois back in 1861 to George and Melvina. I don’t have any information about his childhood, but what I can tell you is that Charles and his brother Frank built bicycles. What Charles and Frank are famous for happened on September 21, 1893, more on that in a moment.

He died in Philadelphia in 1938, he was 76. During his lifetime, he was involved in a lot of firsts, so let’s get to it. In 1893, he road-tested the first-ever working American gasoline-powered automobile. In 1895, one of his vehicles won America’s first car race, beating out Mercedes Benz vehicles from Germany. In 1896, Charles and his brother frank produced 13 cars by hand, making them the first-ever commercially produced vehicle and the largest automobile factory in the United States. The Duryea car was the first vehicle to be in auto accident in New York City.

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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

And there was probably an attorney handing out his business card or the beginning of a politician's career!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 23, 2019 03:47 AM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. Must say I had no clue. Thanks for the heads-up! Enjoy your day! 

Oct 23, 2019 04:49 AM #2
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Donald Urschalitz
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I guess you could say he was in need of speed. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 23, 2019 04:55 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, James... I have always been a big proponent of being first! Clearly the Duryea brothers had it down pat.

Oct 23, 2019 04:55 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello James - your post makes me wonder about the first tow truck experience. 

Oct 23, 2019 06:37 AM #5
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again James. I had actually heard his name before but now I have the whole sory. TY.

Oct 23, 2019 06:54 AM #6
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faye schubert
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Not surprised NY had "traffic issues" even back then!

Oct 23, 2019 06:59 AM #7
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi James Dray

I thought you might be talking about the Dodge brothers at first but I have not heard of the Duryea brothers. I will have to look them up. 

Oct 23, 2019 07:03 AM #8
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, James Dray imagine having a Duryea vehicle today....it would probably be worth more than a Bugatti....

Oct 23, 2019 07:08 AM #9
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Hi James:

That WAS quite a string of firsts, and all news to me!

Jeff

Oct 23, 2019 07:21 AM #10
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James,

Once again, this is new for me.  I had not heard of the Duryea cars.  I love learning.  A

Oct 23, 2019 08:06 AM #11
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James,

Thanks for the new info. I hope you have a great day!

Oct 23, 2019 10:44 AM #12
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Brian England
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I have never heard of a Duryea car, so it is good to learn about things like this through your blog.

Oct 23, 2019 11:35 AM #13
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon James Dray -  another name I recognized. Mayb a politician was created from the accident. Especially in New York. 

Oct 23, 2019 01:44 PM #14
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Charles was definitely a brave man to accomplish all those feats first. It takes a strong-willed individual to be a trailblazer for others.

Oct 23, 2019 04:42 PM #15
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Hi James- Are any of those cars still around???

Oct 23, 2019 06:30 PM #16
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I you owned an original Duryea automobile, you would have a valuable collectible and a valuable piece of automotive history.

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