James Leonard Farmer Sr.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James Leonard Farmer Sr. was born in Kingstree, South Carolina back in 1886 to Carolina and Lorena. He had limited schooling in Georgia and Florida. Even at that he was granted a scholarship to Boston University earning his bachelor, masters of theology and doctoral degrees.

After graduation, he had a dual career as a minister and an academic. He was an ordained minister with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He taught at the Huston-Tillotson and Wiley colleges in Texas; Rust College in Mississippi and Howard University in Washington, D.C. from 1939-1946. He returned to Texas as the dean of Huston until his retirement in 1956. He died in 1961.

What you may not know about James is that he was the first African-American Texan to earn a doctorate.

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Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Great Bio of James Leonard Farmer Sr becoming the first Texan African American to earn a doctorate.

Dec 02, 2019 02:34 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray it's always an honor for those who are the first....and James Leonard Farmer, Sr should be honored.

Dec 02, 2019 02:39 AM #2
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks bringing life and legacy of James Leonard Farmer Sr to our attention.

His legacy still lives on. What you may not know about James is that he was the first African-American Texan to earn a doctorate.



Dec 02, 2019 03:44 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Gotta like firsts, especially when the odds are stacked against them. Enjoy your day!

Dec 02, 2019 04:14 AM #4
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Howard University has been a great source of educators and leaders in the African American Community

Dec 02, 2019 05:02 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - although his early education may have been scant, he did very well later on when learning.  It's good to learn more of his successes.  

Dec 02, 2019 05:09 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I am sure Mr. Farmer had a passion to help shape young minds.

Dec 02, 2019 05:10 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Being first is always a history maker. Have a great week.

Dec 02, 2019 05:15 AM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... as they say "someone has to be first." James Farmer certainly laid down a great example by being first.

Dec 02, 2019 05:32 AM #9
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Where there is a way there is a will for continuing education.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 02, 2019 05:51 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another man that I have never heard about until now and I doubt I will remember much about him in the future, I am getting old, haha.

Dec 02, 2019 06:40 AM #11
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

He must have been a very intelligent man James Dray 

Dec 02, 2019 06:41 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- it's always good to read about people who achieved despite early limitations. 

Dec 02, 2019 07:45 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a nice post re someone with that amazing can-do attitude.  Happy Monday, A

Dec 02, 2019 09:25 AM #14
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
I help clients resolve IRS tax matters

Way to go James! Thank you James for posting such great stories.

Dec 02, 2019 12:16 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

James sounds like a hard worker who knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life and had a plan to achieve it.

Dec 02, 2019 02:34 PM #17
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

God had a BIG PLAN for his life, for sure!

Dec 02, 2019 04:05 PM #18
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 the story of James Leonard Farmer Sr.  He knew what he wanted and believed in himself.

Dec 02, 2019 07:16 PM #19
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Thank you for sharing about James Leonard Farmer Sr. "the first African-American Texan to earn a doctorate."

Dec 03, 2019 11:46 AM #20
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