Henry Ford Biography

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REPORT: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION BIOGRAPHY

Let’s go back in time to July 30th, 1863. This marks the day that the man who may have changed life as we know it was born. Son of William and Mary, Henry Ford was born in Greenfield, Michigan. During his teen years he was quite fond of dismantling and reassembling watches. By age 16, he left home for the big city of Detroit to be an apprentice mechanist. Despite his feelings towards farm life, he returns to his hometown of Dearborn, Michigan. In the course of his stay he became adapt at operating the Westinghouse portable steam engine. Soon, he was hired by the Westinghouse Company. As he approached his 25th birthday he married Clara Ala Bryant. Together, they had a son, Edsel. In 1891, Ford became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company. After his promotion as Chief Engineer, he had enough time and money to devote to his personal, entrepreneur endeavors. The first self-propelled vehicle which Ford built named the, “Ford Quadricycle” and was completed in 1896. As if 1896 wasn’t a big enough year for Henry Ford; he also had the privilege to meet Thomas Edison. On August 5th, 1899, Detroit Automobile Company was founded. Due to cost and quality the company was dissolved in 1901. Along the way of many trial and errors with improving the Ford Quadricycle, Ford met up with Alexander Malcomson who was a Detroit coal dealer. Together, the two formed, “Ford & Malcomson, Ltd.” With the desire to design an efficient and affordable means of transportation, the two paired up with John and Horace Dodge. As the company struggled, it was reincorporated as the, “Ford Motor Company” on June 16, 1903. Original investors included: Henry Ford, Alexander Malcomson, John Gray, James Couzens, John Anderson, and Horace Rackham. Now let’s get to the good stuff and learn about how life as we know it came together. October 1st, 1908 marks the day on which the iconic Model T was first introduced. A few of the soon to be known well...
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