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Henry Ford

Henry Ford was a revolutionary American Industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. He is credited with making Car affordable for common people. He aided the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Ford's Model T was very successful and mass production and sale of economical cars made him one of the richest man in America. He is also credited with starting the Ford Foundation.

 Henry Ford founder of the Ford Motor Company

Henry Ford's Early Life

Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 to businessman William Ford and Mary Ford. While he was young, Henry used to fix watches as a hobby. He worked as an apprentice machinist at Detroit and then with Detroit Dry Dock Co, before returning to operate steam engine at his farm.

Henry Ford's Early Career

At the start of his career, Henry Ford used to work for Thomas Edison's Edison Illuminating Company, as an Engineer. He started experimenting with making a Quadricycle and made two versions of it. He later resigned from the company and set up a company his own named Detroit Automobile Company. But he had to shut down the company citing losses.

Ford Motor Company

Henry Ford made necessary alterations to the automobile with the help of C. Harold Wills and started Henry Ford Company in 1901. It was later reincorporated as Ford Motor Company. Alexander Y. Malcomson became partners with Henry Ford. Ford and Malcomson decided to make economical cars for the masses and thus Model T was introduced in line, on October 1, 1908. Henry Ford made some new alterations to the model including a steering wheel on the left, enclosed transmission, single block for cylinders and changes in suspensions.

Henry Ford successfully marketed Model T and recorded a 100% gain in sales every year. Henry introduced moving assembly belts in his plants to make production fast. It is believed, that by 1920, half of cars in America were Model T.

Time magazine, January 14, 1935

Henry Ford's Labor philosophy

In the times when the world was moving towards economical slowdown, Henry Ford started paying 5 Dollars per day to his workers. It was a high wage at that time and revolutionized the labor market. Henry believed that this act would increase the productivity. Henry Ford also introduced a 40 hour per week or 5 days week for the workers. Though Ford was strictly against labor unions.

Personal Life

Henry Ford married Clara Jane Bryant in 1888 and raised a son named Edsel Ford . Edsel was made the President of Ford Motor Company in 1919.

Ford 4-AT-F (EC-RRA) of the Spanish Republican Airline, L.A.P.E.

After signing the contract for technical assistance in building Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky) Automobile Plant. Dearborn, Mich., May 31, 1929. Left to right, Valery I. Mezhlauk, Vice Chairman of VSNKh; Henry Ford; Saul G. Bron, President of Amtorg.

Ford grave, Ford Cemetery

Honors and Recognition
➯ Henry Ford was awarded Elliott Cresson Medal by the the Franklin Institute.
➯ Henry Ford was one among the Gallup's List of Widely Admired People of the 20th Century, published in 1999.
➯ Henry Ford was honored with release of Prominent Americans series postal stamp in his name by US Postal Service.
➯ In 1946, Henry Ford was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.
➯ Henry Ford was an American Industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company.
➯ Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 to businessman William Ford and Mary Ford.
➯ Henry Ford used to work for Thomas Edison's Edison Illuminating Company, as an Engineer.
➯ Henry Ford made Quadricycles while still working at Edison Illuminating.
➯ Henry Ford started Ford Motor Company in 1901.
➯ Henry Ford started the 5 dollars a day wage and 5 days per week worksheet, which became very popular among the workers.
➯ Henry Ford married Clara Jane Bryant in 1888
Personal Quotes by Henry Ford
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➯ "There are more people who surrender, than those who fail."
➯ "An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous."
➯ "The average man won't really do a day's work unless he is caught and cannot get out of it. There is plenty of work to do if people would do it."
➯ "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it."
➯ "Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again. There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail."
➯ "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."
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