John Jacob Loud

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Jacob Loud was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts back in 1844 to John While Loud and Sarah.  He graduated from Weymouth High School later attending Harvard College.  He graduated from law school in the class of 1866.  He was admitted to the Suffolk County Bar in 1872. 

Law did not suit him so he joined his father working for the Union National Bank as an assistant cashier.  His father died in 1874, he assumed his position as cashier and remained in the post until he resigned in 1895 for health reasons.  He was a member of the Union Congregational Church, the Maine Genealogical Society, New Hampshire Genealogical Society, and several of the societies.  He was a descendant of Francis Loud, originally of Ipswich, Massachusetts and Mayflower passengers William Brewster and John Alden.  He died in 1916, he was 71.

What you may not know about John is that he was also an inventor he registered patents for a firecracker cannon (1888) and a “toy Cannon” (1887).  However, his patent number 392,046 (1888) was for a ballpoint pen, bet you didn't know those have been around for that long, did you?  

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Comments (19)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH
GRI

Good Morning, James, My husband is a descendant of John Alden, and very inventive himself.  The Aldens had a large family, populating a lot of New Englnd! I would never have guessed the ballpoint has been around that long.

Jul 27, 2021 03:20 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... you're right... I would never have thought ball point pens have been around that long.

Jul 27, 2021 03:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - for some reason, I was thinking there might be a limerick in your post.  A lawyer named Loud.  But then you threw in the twist and he switched career paths.  And like that, the thought disappeared.  

Jul 27, 2021 04:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. As a left hander, a good ball point pen is essential to not having a blur. Enjoy your day.

Jul 27, 2021 04:55 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Now I know who to blame for all the dress shirts that were ruined!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jul 27, 2021 05:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 27, 2021 05:27 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I don't hear of many lawyers becoming bank cashier's so that is interesting and I have certainly used a ballpoint pen a time or two in my day.

Jul 27, 2021 05:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

An assistant Teller yet! Could their be a lower position in a bank?

Jul 27, 2021 06:54 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Now that's a real career change for someone. Interesting story of this inventor's different career choice.

Jul 27, 2021 06:04 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Ball point pens been around that long? Wow!

Jul 27, 2021 06:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

James Dray whith the last name Loud I thought for sure be may have had something to do with the decibel system.

Jul 27, 2021 06:56 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! From cannons to a ballpoint pen. Quite the leap I would say.

Jul 27, 2021 07:51 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, that is a another cool story, and had no idea the pen has been around for so long.

Jul 27, 2021 08:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

I had no idea who invented the ball point pen.  Lucky us to have you shared information like this with us.  A

Jul 27, 2021 08:24 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I had no idea that the ball point pen was invented that long ago. It's a pretty far cry from a firecracker cannon!

Jul 27, 2021 09:25 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - I think by the time it was popular the patent had expired.

Jul 27, 2021 09:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I had no idea that ballpoint pens had been around that long!!!  

Jul 27, 2021 10:43 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is hard to imagine the world today without the ballpoint pen. Crazy how much I use them.

Jul 27, 2021 12:18 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello James Dray a very impressive life story on John Jacob Loud. I didn't know the ballpoint has been around for that long.

Jul 27, 2021 02:56 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is an incredible story about success. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Jul 27, 2021 07:47 PM