Henry Ford Facts

Henry Ford Facts
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 to April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist. He founded the Ford Motor Company, and his use of the assembly line technique of mass production made cars affordable for the middle class.
Interesting Henry Ford Facts:
Henry Ford was born on a farm Greenfield Township, Michigan, the son of an Irish immigrant named William Ford.
In his teens he learned the trade of watch repairman by working on his friend's watches.
In 1879 Ford became an apprentice machinist in Detroit with James Flower & Brothers and then with Detroit Dry Dock.
In 1882 he returned to the farm where he learned to operate the Westinghouse portable steam engine.
He studied bookkeeping at Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business College in Detroit and was hired by Westinghouse to service their steam engines.
In 1891 Ford became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company where, in 1893 he was promoted to chief engineer.
While at Edison he experimented with gasoline engines and in 1896 completed a vehicle he named the Ford Quadricycle.
Ford resigned from Edison and on August 5, 1899 he founded the Detroit Automobile Company with the financial backing of William H. Murphy but the company closed in January 1901.
Ford designed, built and raced a 26 horsepower car in October 1901 and on November 30, 1901 he and some of his previous stockholders formed the Henry Ford Company.
Ford left that company, which later became Cadillac Automobile Company, and on June 16, 1903 founded the Ford Motor Company.
Ford demonstrated his new car which set a new land speed record of 91.3 miles an hour.
Race car driver Barney Oldfield advertised the Ford company brand by demonstrating the car around the country.
The Ford Model T was introduced in1908 at $825, but by the 1920s the introduction of assembly line production into his plants had lowered the price to $360 and virtually every American driver had driven one.
His other genius was in the field of advertising and self-promotion, and his network of local dealers made his cars accessible to most of the American public.

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