Henry Ford

By Jeffrey Scarborough

Who is Henry Ford?

Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 in Greenfield Township, Michigan. He first became a self taught machinist. At 16 years old Ford moved to Detroit where he first worked at Detroit Dry Dock CO. At 28 he went to work at the Detroit Illuminating Company. During this time he began to start on his design of the first automobile called the quadricycle. His first test drive ended badly when his quadricycle broke down, but caught the attention of William Murphy. Three years later he had built at the time the fastest automobile in a race. The news of his record gave him enough money to create his own company called The Ford Motor Car Company in 1903. In 1908, he built the famous Model T which was affordable to the middle class. He had made this affordable by building factories and using an assembly line which is stilled used today. As he got older, Ford became a well know philanthropist, creating the Ford Foundation. Today it has donated over 8 billion dollars in grants worldwide. He passed away on April 7, 1947 in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Did you know?

Henry Ford was criticized for his work ethic in the industrial world. He had paid his workers 5 dollars an hour, but had required most of his workers to have a private life. He also demanded regular attendance. All immigrant had to become U.S. citizens in order to work for Ford.