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Thomas Edison



Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 to William and Mary Ford. He was the first of six
children. He grew up in a rich farming household in Dearborn, Michigan. He enjoyed a
typical childhood, spending his days in a one-room schoolhouse and doing farm chores. Ever
since he was young, he showed an interest for the mechanical aspect of things, and how
they worked and functioned. He used to take things apart and put them back together to get
an idea of the inner workings of basic mechanical tools (Nevins, 47 - 50).


In 1879, at a young age of 16, he left his home to travel to the near by city of Detroit
to work as an apprentice for a machinist. He occasionally returned home to work on the
farm. He remained an apprentice for three years and then returned to Dearborn. During the
next few years, Henry divided his time between operating and repairing steam engines,
finding occasional work in Detroit factories, and working on his fathers broken down farm
equipment, as well as lending an unwilling hand with other farm work. Henry got married to
Clara Bryant in 1888 Henry supported himself and his wife by running a sawmill (Collier,
145 - 152).


In 1891, Henry became an engineer with the Edison Illumination Company. This was an
important event in his life because it signified that he had made a conscious career move
into industrial pursuits. He was promoted to Chief Engineer in 1893. This gave him enough
time and money to devote attention to his personal experiments on internal combustion
engines (Lacey 13 - 14).


The high point of this research came with the completion of his own self-propelled
vehicle, the Quadricycle. This bike had four wire wheels and was steered with a tiller,
like a boat. It had two forward speeds, and no reverse. Although this was not the first
self-propelled vehicle, it set Henry Ford as one of the major pioneers whom helped this
nation become one of motorists (Head 22 - 24).


Ford decided that he wanted to become an automobile manufacturer. After two unsuccessful
tries, Ford motor company was finally incorporated in 1903 with Henry Ford as the Vice
President and Chief Engineer. When the company first started it was only producing a few
cars a day at the Ford factory on Mack Avenue in Detroit. A group of two or three men
would work on one car from components made to order by other companies (Lewis 99 - 100)


Ford realized his dream of producing an automobile that was reasonable priced, reliable
and efficient with the introduction of the Model T in 1908. This vehicle iniated a new era
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