Henry Ford

The man who invented the automobile


Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 in Greenfield, Michigan. When Henry was a young boy he was interested in building things. Henry was a self-taught mechanic and machinist. When he turned 16 he left Michigan, and headed for Detroit, which was becoming big on industrialization. When Henry was in Detroit, he started working in a machine shop where he later started working on steam engines, the engines he would use in his automobiles. Ford launched his own car company The Ford Motor Car Company in 1903. Ford made one of his most famous cars in 1908 the model T car that was affordable for the middle class. Henry Ford grew his company bigger and bigger paying his workers 5 dollars a day. In the 1920's Ford cars dramatically fell in price so that everyone could afford one. By 1925 Ford was producing a car every ten seconds. Over 1,000,000,000 dollars were spent on building roads for cars in the 1920's. America was changing a lot. Ford also built a hospital for his workers in Detroit in 1936. Henry Ford died in Dearborn, Michigan, in 1947 at the age of 84.

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What car revolutionized the car industry?

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What car had the biggest effect on transportation in America?