Robert Brown Elliott

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert Brown Elliott was born in Liverpool, England back in 1842. He graduated from High Holborn Academy in London, then graduating from Eton College in 1859 with a law degree. After graduation, he joined the British Royal Navy before deciding to settle in South Carolina in 1867.

He was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1868. He helped organize the local Republican Party and served in the state constitutional convention as a delegate from the Edgefield district. He was appointed assistant adjutant-general then the commanding general of the South Carolina National Guard. He helped form a state militia to fight the Ku Klux Klan. In 1871, he was elected to the Forty-Third United States Congress. He delivered a notable speech on the Bill to Enforce the Provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

In 1876, he was elected as the South Carolina Attorney General. By 1879, he worked for the Treasury Department in Charleston, South Carolina. While on a trip to Florida he contracted malaria, and died in New Orleans in 1884.

What you may not know about Robert is that he did all of this despite him being an African-American in those days. Just goes to show you nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it.

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

Good morning, James Dray it was unheard of in the 1800's for anyone of color to rank in that position....

Nov 08, 2019 03:59 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

For South Carolina he was in the for front of making so many changes,

Nov 08, 2019 04:00 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wow....quite an accomplishment for anyone of color in that period of history !

Nov 08, 2019 04:40 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Sometimes we should be like dogs and only make out shapes and no colors!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 08, 2019 04:48 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Robert was ahead of his time while many were behind the times! Kudos to him for his acceptance and accomplishments! Enjoy your day!

Nov 08, 2019 04:53 AM #5
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Great accomplishments by Robert Brown Elliott. These significant accomplishments should be in the history books.

Nov 08, 2019 05:08 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Knowing the history of the south more than a little bit, that is indeed a shocker. This man was truly a trail blazer, James.

Nov 08, 2019 05:15 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Sounds like a really persistent and talented man.

Nov 08, 2019 05:39 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - there is quite a bit of history in your post that was previously unknown to me.  

Nov 08, 2019 06:01 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

Nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it and have the tenacity to keep moving forward no matter how many setbacks may result. 

Nov 08, 2019 06:56 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think that it is sad that the ku klux klan still exists, I wish that everyone could just get along without prejudice.

Nov 08, 2019 07:18 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he succeeded and made a difference in spite of the hurdles.

Nov 08, 2019 08:43 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I am blown away that he was able to achieve all that he did, especially at the time in which he lived. 

Nov 08, 2019 09:56 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nothing stopped this man, especially color. What a great story to end the week on.  A

Nov 08, 2019 10:01 AM #14
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Mr. Elliott was pretty amazing. It is hard to even imagine all of the roadblocks and barriers that he had to overcome to achieve all that he did.

Nov 08, 2019 01:19 PM #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

Robert Brown Elliott wasn't going to let the color of his skin stop him, was he?

Nov 08, 2019 02:24 PM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Pretty incredible how he was able to overcome so much to realize his dreams. A role model for all of us to aspire to.

Nov 08, 2019 02:26 PM #17
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James.  Very impressive bit of history here.  This had to take a lot of dedication and determination on his part, for him to be able to do the things he did.  Thanks for sharing this story.

Nov 08, 2019 07:25 PM #18
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

James, My mother always said nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it.

Nov 08, 2019 07:27 PM #19
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow James looking at this historical tid bit shows me that if you are driven and have goals it is really hard to stop you, Endre

Nov 08, 2019 10:38 PM #20
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