Essay on The Life of Henry Ford

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The Life of Henry Ford

Henry Ford once said, “I will build a motorcar for the masses…constructed of the best materials, by the best me to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise…so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.” (Willamette 1) This is one of his most memorable yet earliest public quotes in history, that can easily sum up his whole life. Ford was much more than a person who made cars. Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 on a farm near Greenfield Michigan where he lived a normal childhood. At thirteen years old Ford became obsessed with the
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Ford not only wished for every middle class family to afford a car but he also wanted his workers to have a car too (Jarold 1). That was why he wanted so badly to make a car at a price so that everyone could afford it (Iacocca 1). After many numerous attempts to accomplish this goal Ford would say, “ Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”(Lacey 65) This kind of attitude led Henry Ford to create the Model T in 1908.Henry Ford could have expanded his business and make many types of cars, but he chose to only make one for mass production. He did this because he knew that the cars would not only be cheaper, but the more cars that were made the more the price would drop. The purpose of the price reduction was to give everyone an opportunity to own a car. Ford did this unselfishly and his company never lost a dime (Jarold 1). He was once quoted saying, “ A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business (Willamette 5).” Even though Henry Ford sold over 15 million Model T’s over the next two decades, his happiness came from seeing the people’s response to him (Caldwell 48).
In addition for his care of his consumers, Ford also cared a lot for his workers. In fact, in 1913, when his assembly lines were up and running the workers produced such a He also thought that well paid workers would work better and the more money they made the

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