Henry Ford

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Date of Birth July 30, 1863
Place of Birth Greenfield, Michigan
Date of Death Apr 7, 1947 (83)
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Henry Ford

Henry Ford was an American industrialist and business magnate, founder of the Ford Motor Company and chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production. By creating the first automobile that middle-class Americans could afford, he converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into an accessible conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the 20th century. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As the owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with "Fordism": mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout most of North America and in major cities on six continents.

Born: July 30, 1863, Greenfield Township, Michigan, U.S.
Died: April 07, 1947, Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality: American
Occupation: Engineer, industrialist, philanthropist
Years active: 1891–1945
Known for: Founding and leading the Ford Motor Company Pioneering a system that launched the mass production and sale of affordable automotives to the public
Title: President of Ford Motor Company, 1906–1919 and 1943–1945
Political party: Republican (before 1918), Democratic (after 1918)
Children: Edsel Ford
Parent(s): William Ford, Mary Ford

About Henry Ford

Founder of Ford Motor Company who developed the assembly-line process for mass production. One of his first cars was the Model T.

Before Fame

He repaired watches in his teenage years.

Achievement

He was not the inventor of the automobile. However, he made automobiles affordable for middle-class Americans.

Family Life

He married Clara Ala Bryant and together they had a son, Edsel. He was one of the most recognizable and richest entrepreneurs of his age.

Associations

He was encouraged by Thomas Edison to continue developing the Ford automobile.

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