Franklin Benjamin Hough

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Franklin Benjamin Hough was born in Martinsburg, New York back in 1822 to Horatio and Martha. He graduated with a degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1843.  He continued his education receiving a M.D. from Western Reserve College, Cleveland, Ohio in 1848.  After graduation, he opened a medical practice in Somerville, New York.

In 1854, he was appointed superintendent of the New York State Census Bureau, the first complete census of the state.  By 1861, he was an inspector for the United States Sanitary Commission, the next year you could find him as a surgeon in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry. After the war, he returned to overseeing the 1865 state census.  While working there he noticed something that would change him for the rest of his life.  He died in 1885, he was 62.

What you may not know about Franklin is that during the 1865 census he noticed a declining trend in the availability of timber.  He devoted himself to reverse that decline.  For his action, he was the first chief of the United States Division of Forestry.  He is considered by many to be the “father of American forestry”.

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 22, 2020 03:36 AM #2
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

An interesting person who improved America as a result of what he n oticed.

Sep 22, 2020 04:15 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

So wasting resources is not new and I commend him for him noticing.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 22, 2020 04:21 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - "short and sweet" could be used to describe your post today.  Even Joe Friday from Dragnet could agree.  Just the facts.  Informative. 

Sep 22, 2020 04:46 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning James Dray 

here's Franklin Benjamin Hough

Franklin B. Hough - Wikipedia

Sep 22, 2020 04:52 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Franklin was way ahead of his time with the shortage of timber idea. Thank goodness! Enjoy your day!

Sep 22, 2020 05:24 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I never realized who the father of American forestry was and now I know. Happy Tuesday James Dray 👍

Sep 22, 2020 05:47 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I didn't see this one coming James Dray . With the background you laid out I was sure it would be medical and then you switched it up with the census but TREES! Gee Whiz... talk about attention disorders. 

Sep 22, 2020 06:06 AM #9
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am sure that Bob Crane would enjoy this one!  Thank you for introducing us to new people each and every day!

Sep 22, 2020 06:27 AM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Wow..Franklin was quite a legion! I know Union College well as I'm from Schenectady, NY. Thanks for the history lesson today.

Sep 22, 2020 06:33 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - now I am sure that Bob Crane knows that one.

Sep 22, 2020 06:41 AM #12
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I'm sure I learned about him in my Forestry classes at LSU, but it's been a while back. 

Sep 22, 2020 06:48 AM #13
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning again, James... since I make no claim to knowing much about forestry it's no surprise this is not a historical figure I'd ever heard about.

Sep 22, 2020 07:05 AM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Once again an interesting story about someone I never heard of. Wonder if Bob Crane  knows abaout him, given his business?


Sep 22, 2020 08:40 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- thank goodness for him!!!!  

Sep 22, 2020 09:43 AM #16
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another amazing American life doing great things that few of us will ever know about.

Sep 22, 2020 11:57 AM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had no idea, and I am wondering if Bob Crane our AR forestry experts knew this.  Happy Tuesday.  A

Sep 22, 2020 01:00 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I wonder if Bob Crane  is aware of this? Ha I just looked up at the above comment Ron and Alexandra Seigel  we are on the same wavelength:))Endre

Sep 23, 2020 09:24 PM #19
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing this, and thanks for all the tags from our friends here, another pioneer to add to the ranks of the greats like Gifford Pinchot. 

Sep 27, 2020 12:33 PM #20
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I was granted 13 hours of course credit in management at Union College without setting my foot on it. Before coming to California I went for a job interview in Schenectady I got out the crummiest Holiday Inn and found Union College. I walked around the campus. That was late August. Next day it was 44 deg F in the morning for the interview. I asked how days you have snow?  We get in October 6-12" is common.  They offered me a job in bldg 50, 25 and RD Center. I pick one.   On the way back I told my wife we were heading for California. The credits got transferred to MBA program at Stanford so I graduate same year as I went in. 

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