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Henry Ford

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Henry Ford[1] was an American entrepreneur and the founder of the Ford Motor Company. With this company he got 199 billions of dollar; with this amount he is the 9th rich person in the history.


Henry Ford
Henry Ford in 1919
Family name Ford
Given name Henry
Born 30 July 1863
Dearborn
Died 7 April 1947
Detroit
Nationality American
Occupation entrepreneur
Notable works Ford T and Hemp Body Car

His jobs before 40 years[edit | edit source]

The Quadriciclo Ford tried by Henry Ford.

In 1888 he was employed by the company Thomas Edison, that, with Joseph Wilson Swan, invent the lamp, Detroit (North East of the United States). As a hobby he began to build a car (with an internal combustion engine, invented by Benz and Daimler), which was experienced in the garage of his home in 1896. This vehicle was called Quadriciclo Ford. At 36 he left his job as Edison and remained for three years at Automotive Company Detroit.

The Ford Motor Company[edit | edit source]

The logo of the Ford Motor Company

Mister Ford, after he left Detroit Automobile Company, founded his company: the Ford Motor Company. Those years were characterized by a strong historical movement: the Second Industrial Revolution. For this reason, in his company, Ford applied the system of assembly line. The most remembered car is the Ford T , famous for its simplicity and its characteristic black color. This model was built until 1927, counting more than 15 million cars.

The Ford T.

Other invention[edit | edit source]

He also invented another car, soybean car , but never on the market; its characteristic was the only structure made of hemp and motor powered from the same plant.

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • He is part of the characters more distinct list in the automotive field, the Automotive Hall of Fame.
  • In 1938 Adolf Hitler appointed him Knight Grand Cross of the German Eagle.
  • In 1894 he became a Master Mason in Detroit.

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Edsel Ford, Henry Ford's son, president of the Ford Motor Company from 1919 to 1943, died in 1943 for a tumour.
  • Henry Ford II, Edsel Ford's son and Henry Ford I's nephew, president of the Ford Motor Company from 1945 to 1979.
  • Clara, Henry Ford's wife, who with Eleanor convinced him to leave the company in the hands of her nephew.
  • Eleanor, Henry Ford's daughter in law, who with Clara convinced him to leave the company in the hands of her son.

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