Henry Ford

HMy a to z challenge theme is You Ain’t Dead Yet!  I’m exploring the lives of people who found success later in life.  H is for Henry Ford.

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Henry Ford in 1888 at age 25

Interesting Facts:

–  He did NOT invent the automobile or the assembly line BUT  he did develop and manufacture the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford.

–  His father gave him a pocket watch and when he was 15 he dismantled and reassembled the timepieces of friends and neighbors gaining the reputation of a watch repairman.

–  His father wanted Ford to take over the family farm but Ford despised farm work.  He wrote, “I never had any particular love for the farm – it was the mother on the farm I loved.”  This is where he and I parted because I LOVE the farm.  😉

–  Ford wan and early backer of the Indianapolis 500.

Ford_assembly_line_-_1913Ford assembly line in 1913.

Route to Success:

–  Ford started as an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company in 1891.  While there he had time for personal experiments on gasoline engines.  He developed a self-propelled vehicle he called the Ford Quadricycle.

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–  He developed three companies before forming the Ford Motor Company.  The second company became the Cadillac Automobile Company when he left.

–  The Model T was introduced on October 1, 1908.  It was $825($21,650 today) but the price soon fell every year which was Ford’s vision.

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Henry Ford with Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone.

My Take Away:

Ford had tried to have 3 other car companies before he got the company he wanted.  He wanted an affordable car.  One that was reliable.  He wouldn’t compromise his dream.  I can appreciate this mindset.  I have a tendency to bend my wishes for others.

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