The Life and Achievements of Henry Ford

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Henry Ford was one of the first American industrialists. He is best known for his revolutionary achievements in the automobile industry, and his inventions are still marveled in the modern world today. Henry Ford grew up on a small farm near Dearborn, Michigan. It was here Henry Ford was born, on July 30, 1863. He went to local district schools like the rest of the children from his town, and he excelled in most subjects. As Henry grew up, he spent most of his free time tinkering, and finding out exactly how things work. A pastime that developed thinking and logic abilities, but being a farmer's boy, he had little spare time, for there were always chores to be done. By twelve years of age, Henry was doing a man's work on the farm and had …show more content…
Henry quit his very promising job at the Edison Illuminating Company on August 15, 1989. He was to head the new Detroit Automobile Company. Instead of producing any cars though, Henry spent the money on improving his design. The experimental models that he produced cost a great deal of money, and a little more than a year later, the Detroit Automobile Company had failed. To gain supporters, Henry built a racing car. If he could win a race, he could get backers and form his own company. Henry did successfully win a race in October, 1901 and acquiring backers became no longer a problem. On November, 1901, the Henry Ford Company was formed. This company fared no better than the previous. Ford still wanted to build a low-priced car that ordinary people could afford to buy and drive. Ford would not sacrifice his standards for the profit. Finally in June, 1903, a third company, the Ford Motor Company, was incorporated. Before his first year was up of owning the company the first Model A appeared on the market in Detroit. This would lead to many publicity events and even a lawsuit with the ALAM over the Selden Patent, which he eventually won. Ford continued working on his "cheap" design. It was ready shortly after the new company's formation and orders came in faster than they could be filled. Ford, Charles Sorensen and a small group of dedicated engineers began working on a "universal car." By October, 1908,

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