son of Ruel Vandenburg Broyhill
Tom was born Oct. 5, 1910 in Wilkes County, NC. He graduated from
William and Mary, then attended law school at Cumberland University in
Tennessee. He married Helen Bragg on January 18, 1941. She
was the sister of Jane Bragg, who married Tom's cousin Joel. Helen
died of cancer in Arlington, Virginia on Feb. 15, 1965. Tom
married Nathan Lee Smith in 1966. They divorced a year later.
He married a third time, but I do not have her name.
Tom's childhood was spent in Hopewell,
Virginia, but he moved up to Arlington, County, probably about the same
time as the family of his uncle Marvin, circa 1939. His uncle
Marvin built the infamous "Broyhill Mansion" at 2561 N.
Vermont Street in Arlington around 1950. His sons, Joel and Marvin
Jr., built their next door. Tom built his across the
street. During the early 1950's their children were the only ones
in the neighborhood.
Tom and his cousin Joel were close friends and
often became entangled in business deals.
From 1952 through 1974, Joel was the
congressman from the 10th Congressional District of
Virginia. He sponsored a bill to permit real estate investment
trusts and the day after it came into law, American Realty and Trust was
established. It was the first real estate investment trust in the
United States. Tom was its president.
Around 1960, Tom joined the M. T. Broyhill
family in their development of Sterling Park, near Dulles Airport, just
outside of Washington. Marvin Jr. had put together the project
which called for the construction of America's first planned
community. It was to eventually become a city of 20,000. The
project was a joint venture between the Broyhill family and United
States Steel Corporation.
In 1974, Joel failed to win reelection to
Congress. Soon after that he began constructing a large
condominium complex named the Representative. It defaulted on its
loans and it was soon revealed that they had been guaranteed by American
Realty and Trust. As it had no interest in the venture, the result
was a federal investigation which stretched on for many months.
The author's has many newspaper clippings of the scandal.
He died July 3, 1995 in Boca Raton, Florida
|Susan Marshall Broyhill
||Sept. 4, 1942
|Sandra McLearen Broyhill
||Sept. 4, 1942
|Margaret Michele "Missy" Broyhill
||April 23, 1945
|Sally Pendelton Broyhill
||June 2, 1947
|Thomas Patrick "Pat" McGruder Broyhill
||March 17, 1951
About the Kids
|Susan and Sandra are twins
Susan - Married John Jay Crawford in Arlington, Va. on April 18,
1964. In 1976.
They have at least three children: Helen Christine, Kimberly Patricia and John.
Sandra - Married Herbert Lincoln Amon III on November 26, 1964. (703)
Helen Louise Amon. Married Epley.
"Missy" - Married Richard Nevitte Jr.
Sally - No information on her marriage.
Patrick - Born on St. Patrick's day. Lives in Marietta,
Georgia. (770) 971-4208.
with the MT Broyhill firm in the construction of Sterling Park, the
first planned city in the United States. The above shows Marvin
Jr. signing the contract with United States Steel whereby the joined
forces for the huge project. Tom Broyhill leans over, his hand
on the desk. The other two men are officials from United States
Broyhill Family Tree
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