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A Biography of Henry Ford

Uploaded by Encyclopediax on Feb 11, 2013

Henry Ford was an American industrialist, best known for his pioneering
achievements in the automobile industry. From humble beginnings he was able to
create a company that would rank as one of the giants of American and World
industry long after his death. There is no doubt that Henry Ford was a
successful business man. The Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford's legacy, has left
its mark on every continent in the world. However, Ford didn't gain his success
solely on his innovation in the automobile industry. He was a friend to the
middle class public as well as the workers in his factories. For this he was
rewarded with financial success by the same people he looked out for. Moreover,
he repeatedly gave back to society through donations, philanthropic foundations,
and the creation of organizations that would help to educate and benefit the
people. Henry Ford was a man who gained world-wide business success through his
innovative ideas, brilliant management skills, and down-to-earth tactics.

Henry Ford was born on a farm near Dearborn, Michigan, on July 30, 1863,
and educated in district schools. He became a machinist's apprentice in Detroit
at the age of 16. From 1888 to 1899 he was a mechanical engineer, and later
chief engineer, with the Edison Illuminating Company. In 1893, after
experimenting for several years in his leisure hours, he completed the
construction of his first gasoline engine. His first automobile was completed
in 1896. The body was a small crude wooden box, it had a single seat, a
steering tiller, bicycle wheels, and an electric bell on the front. In 1903 he
founded the Ford Motor Company.

At first, like his competitors, he made cars that only the wealthy could
afford. But later he came to believe that every man, no matter what his income,
should own a car. This resulted in the inexpensive "Model T" in 1908. It
brought great financial success to his company. The Model T was in production
until 1927 when it was discontinued in favor of a more up-to-date model. While
in production the company sold over 15 million cars. In 1913 Ford began using
standardized interchangeable parts and assembly-line techniques in his plant.
Although Ford neither originated nor was the first to employ such practices, he
was chiefly responsible for their general adoption and for the consequent great
expansion of American industry and the raising of the American standard of
living. By early 1914 this innovation, although greatly increasing productivity,
had resulted in a monthly labor...

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Date:   02/11/2013

Category:   Biographies

Length:   5 pages (1,042 words)

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