most interesting facts about henry ford

interesting facts about henry ford

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Henry Ford, he was a famous automobile manufacturer and businessman. he was born on July 30th, 1863 in Greenfield Township Michigan. his father's name was William Ford and his mother's name was Marion litigate Ford. he was bright and curious as a child.

he was in his teens when his father gave him a pocket watch which he dismantled and reassembled by himself.he also practiced on the timepieces of friends and neighbors and soon gained the reputation of a watch repairman from a young age he demonstrated mechanical ability and leadership qualities. 

his mother died in 1876 leaving him devastated. he realized that he did not want to live on the farm anymore now that his mother was gone. he left home in 1879 to work as an apprentice machinist with James F flower and Bros in Detroit, later on, he went to work for the Detroit drydock company before returning home in 1882 .back home he started working on the family farm and became an expert at operating the Westinghouse portable steam engine.his technical skills gained recognition and he was later hired by Westinghouse to service their steam engines. 

he married Clara Jane Bryant in 1888 and had one son Edsel later he appointed as night engineer for the Edison Electric illuminating company in 1891. he found the job very exciting as he got the opportunity to learn more about electricity which was a fairly new concept back then.

 hardworking and determined Ford rose to the position of a chief engineer of the illuminating company by 1896 alongside working on his job he also started working on something he had always been fascinated with building automobiles he teamed up with a group of friends and built a self-propelled vehicle the quadricycle. he met with Thomas Edison who approved of his experimentation motivated Ford continued on bettering his model of automobile and completed a second vehicle in 1898. 

Ford then decided to form his own company and resigned from his job. he founded the Detroit automobile company in 1899, however, the automobiles produced by the company did not perform well at the market and very soon he was forced to close down the business. he successfully raced a 26 horsepower automobile in October 1901. then he teamed up the stockholders in his Detroit automobile company to form the Henry Ford Company in November 1901. 

in 1903 Henry incorporated the Ford Motor Company. he built several racing cars over the ensuing years including the 999 racers which looked quite promising. around this time the race driver Barney Oldfield drove the 999 around the country making the Ford brand known throughout the United States. 

the company launched the Model T in October 1908. the Model T was so successful that Ford had to greatly expand his production in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for this Ford along with the company staff developed a moving assembly line for automobiles in 1913. the company developed techniques of mass production which enabled them to greatly increase their output. 
the Model T dominated the automobile market for several years and by 1918 half of all cars in America were Model T's. 

in 1918 Ford also handed over the presidency of Ford Motor Company to his son Edsel Ford even though he retained the final decision authority. by the mid-1920s the sales of the Model T had begun to decline thus the company introduced the Ford Model A in 1927 which sold profitably till 1931. but the company continued to decline in the 1930s and by 1936 Ford Motor Company had fallen to third place in the United States market behind both General Motors and Chrysler Corporation.

Henry Ford was a pacifist and when the second world war broke out in 1939 he opposed the United States entry into the war. however, when America entered the war Ford Motor Company became one of the major United States military contractors supplying airplanes engine jeeps and tanks. 
a tragedy befell the aging Ford in 1943 when his son Edsel died of cancer. 

even though Henry Ford formally resumed control of the company after his son's death he no longer exercised absolute authority. the key decisions were taken by others in his name and he has increasingly sidelined. eventually his grandson Henry Ford too was made the president. 
Henry Ford died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 7 April 1947 at the age of 83.

failure is simply the opportunity to begin again this time more intelligently said, Henry Ford 

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