"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black."
"It is high time to rid ourselves of the notion that leisure for workmen is either 'lost time' or a class privilege."
"Well, you've been fighting General Motors and the Wall Street crowd. Now you're in here and we've given you a union shop and more than you got out of them. That puts you on our side, doesn't it? We can fight General Motors and Wall Street together, eh?"
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.'
Ford married Clara Jane Bryant (1866–1950) on April 11, 1888. Clara Jane Bryant Ford was born on April 11, 1866 at Greenfield Twp, Wayne Co., MI.
Ford supported his family by farming and running a sawmill. He was quoted in a 1938 New York Times Magazine article as saying, “The greatest day of my life was when I married Mrs. Ford.”
‘On this day in 1888, 24-year-old Henry Ford marries Clara Jane Bryant on her 22nd birthday at her parent’s home in Greenfield Township, Michigan. Clara Ford would prove to be a big supporter of her husband’s business ideas: Fifty years later, Henry Ford—who by then had founded the Ford Motor Company, invented the top-selling Model T car and revolutionized the auto industry with his mass-production technology—” -quoted from history.com
They had one child: Edsel Ford (1893–1943). Edsel worked for the family business, preceded both his parents in death, and died at the age of 49 from cancer.
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, business magnate, and philanthropist.
Henry Ford is the founder and leader of the Ford Motor Company, and also known for pioneering a system that launched the mass production and sale of affordable automotives to the public.
Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle-class Americans could afford.
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Henry Ford died in peace, at the age of 83 on April 7, 1947, in Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
Clara Ford died three years later, on September 29, 1950, at the age of 84 and was buried in Ford Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.
Henry Ford: Birth, Family, Ethnicity, Education
Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863, on a farm in Greenfield Township, Michigan. His father, William Ford (1826–1905), was born in County Cork, Ireland and his mother, Mary Ford (née Litogot; 1839–1876), was born in Michigan as the youngest child of Belgian immigrants.
Henry Ford had four siblings Margaret Ford (1867–1938); Jane Ford (c. 1868–1945); William Ford (1871–1917) and Robert Ford (1873–1934).
Henry and all his siblings are of mixed(Anglo-Irish- Belgian-American) ethnicity.
Ford studied bookkeeping at Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business College in Detroit.
Henry Ford, when he was young
His father William, wanted Henry to take over the farm, but as he later wrote: “I never had any particular love for the farm—it was the mother (Henry’s mother) on the farm I loved.”
Ford stated two major events occurred in 1875 when he was 12. He received a watch, and he witnessed the operation of a Nichols and Shepard road engine, “…the first vehicle other than horse-drawn that I had ever seen.”
Now in his farm workshop, Ford built a “steam wagon or tractor” and a steam car, but thought “steam was not suitable for light vehicles,” as “the boiler was dangerous.”
1879, Ford left home and became an apprentice machinist in Detroit, Detroit Dry Dock.
1892, completed his first motor car powered by a two cylinder-four horsepower motor.
1895-96, Ford achieved 1000 miles in his first car.
1896, Ford completed a self-propelled vehicle and named it the Ford Quadricycle.
1899, Ford founded the Detroit Automobile Company
1902, Ford and former racing cyclist Tom Cooper produced the “999”, and which Barney Oldfield drove to victory the same year.
1903, The Ford Motor Company was reincorporated.
1908, Model T was introduced.
1925, Ford acquired the Stout Metal Airplane Company.
1931, Ford Model A was produced
Henry Ford: A Dream Come True!
The car built by Ford was very simple to drive, easy and cheap to repair. It was so cheap at $825 in 1908 ($23,010 today), that by the 1920’s, a majority of American drivers had learned to drive the Model T.
Sales skyrocketed—several years posted 100% gains on the previous year. Always on the hunt for more efficiency and lower costs, in 1913 Ford introduced the moving assembly belts into his plants, which enabled an enormous increase in production.
Henry Ford: Personal Victory
1918, Henry Ford turned the presidency of Ford Motor Company over to his son Edsel Ford.
After a ruse, Ford and son Edsel purchased all remaining stock from the other investors, thus keeping the ownership of the company in the family.
1921, Ford purchased Lincoln Motor Co.
Ford also introduced a new, reduced workweek in 1926. The decision was made in 1922, when Ford and Crowther described it as six 8-hour days, giving a 48-hour week, but in 1926 it was announced as five 8-hour days, giving a 40-hour week.
Professional Life, Career
1893, Ford was promoted to Chief Engineer in Thomas Alva Edison’s company.
1896, Ford attended a meeting of Edison executives and was introduced to Thomas Edison.
1898, Encouraged by Edison, Ford designed and built a second vehicle.
Henry Ford: Awards, Recognition
1999, included in Gallup’s List of Widely Admired People of the 20th Century
1938, Ford was awarded Nazi Germany’s Grand Cross of the German Eagle
1996, inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
Henry Ford: Income, Net Worth
Today, Henry Ford’s New Worth is US200 billion (2018 dollars, inflation adjusted). His earnings was from selling affordable cars. His car was so cheap that at $825 in 1908 ($23,010 today and the price fell every year!), almost every farm had a car in the United States!
Henry Ford: The Life as He Lived
Ford did not believe in accountants; he amassed one of the world’s largest fortunes without ever having his company audited under his administration.
The company’s bills and invoices were reportedly guessed at by weighing them on a scale. Not until 1956 would Ford be a publicly-traded company.
Also, Ford astonished the world in 1914 by offering a $5 per day wage ($130 today), which more than doubled the rate of most of his workers.
Henry Ford: Social Media
His Facebook has 456K followers, his Twitter 28K, and Instagram 7,858 with 2,040 Posts.