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Henry Ford

American Industrialist, Business Magnate, and Philanthropist

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  • Ford's deeply nostalgic commemoration of America's past

    Thomas Edison and President Herbert Hoover attend Ford's "Light's Golden Jubilee," an elaborate ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Edison's incandescent lamp. As part of the ceremony, Ford unveils the Thomas Edison Institute (now the Henry Ford Museum) and Greenfield Village, which would grow to showcase hundreds of historic buildings and artifacts that Ford had meticulously purchased, dismantled, and reassembled as a recreated rural town -- Ford's deeply nostalgic commemoration of America's past.


  • Model A was launched

    Finally the Ford Model A was launched, introduced in December 1927 and produced through 1931, with a total output of more than 4 millions.


  • "Fordlandia"

    Henry Ford purchases land in Brazil to establish rubber plantations in what would become known as "Fordlandia."


  • Fird resigns the presidency and his son elected as the new president

    Henry Ford suddenly resigns from the presidency of the Ford Motor Company. His 25-year-old son Edsel is elected to the role, and assumes the presidency on New Year's Day, 1919.


  • Model T became famous

    US citizens

    By 1918, half of all cars in the United States were Model Ts. All new cars were black; as Ford wrote in his autobiography, "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black".


  • Model T was introduced

    The Model T was introduced on October 1, 1908. It had the steering wheel on the left, which every other company soon copied. The entire engine and transmission were enclosed; the four cylinders were cast in a solid block; the suspension used two semi-elliptic springs. The car was very simple to drive, and easy and cheap to repair.


  • Ford produced the 80+ horsepower racer "999"

    Teaming up with former racing cyclist Tom Cooper, Ford also produced the 80+ horsepower racer "999" which Barney Oldfield was to drive to victory in a race in October 1902.


  • Henry Ford Company was founded with Ford as chief engineer

    Henry Ford Company

    With the help of C. Harold Wills, Ford designed, built, and successfully raced a 26-horsepower automobile in October 1901. With this success, Murphy and other stockholders in the Detroit Automobile Company formed the Henry Ford Company on November 30, 1901, with Ford as chief engineer.[


  • Ford founded the Detroit Automobile Company

    Backed by the capital of Detroit lumber baron William H. Murphy, Ford resigned from the Edison Company and founded the Detroit Automobile Company on August 5, 1899. However, the automobiles produced were of a lower quality and higher price than Ford wanted. Ultimately, the company was not successful and was dissolved in January 1901.


  • Ford designed and built a second vehicle

    Encouraged by Edison, Ford designed and built a second vehicle, completing it in 1898.


  • Ford completes his first automobile, the "Quadricycle"

    After two years of spending nearly every free minute refining his engine in the small shed behind his home, as well as in a basement room at Edison Illuminating, Ford completes his first automobile, the "Quadricycle," and drives it through the streets of Detroit.


  • Ford started work on a two cylinder engine

    Ford started work on a two cylinder engine. His first motor car was powered by a two cylinder four horsepower motor, with a two-and-half-inch bore and a six-inch stroke, which was connected to a countershaft by a belt, and then to the rear wheel by a chain.


  • Ford became an engineer

    Edison Illuminating Company of Detroit

    Ford became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company of Detroit. After his promotion to Chief Engineer in 1893, he had enough time and money to devote attention to his personal experiments on gasoline engines.


  • Ford started working with Otto engine

    Ford had the opportunity to repair an Otto engine, and built a four-cycle model in 1887, with a one-inch bore and a three-inch stroke.


  • College

    Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business College

    Detroit, Michigan

    While Ford was later hired by Westinghouse to service their steam engines, during this period Ford studied bookkeeping at Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business College in Detroit.


  • Steam engine service


    Dearborn, Michigan

    In 1882, Ford returned to Dearborn to work on the family farm, where he became adept at operating the Westinghouse portable steam engine. He was later hired by Westinghouse to service their steam engines.

    09-08-1882 - 18-03-1885

  • Working as a apprentice machinist

    James F. Flower & Bros. & Detroit Dry Dock Co.

    Detroit, Michigan

    In 1879, Ford left home to work as an apprentice machinist in Detroit, first with James F. Flower & Bros., and later with the Detroit Dry Dock Co.

    23-06-1879 - 17-04-1882

  • Working as a watch repairman

    In his neighbourhood

    Greenfield Township, Michigan

    At 15, Ford dismantled and reassembled the timepieces of friends and neighbors dozens of times, gaining the reputation of a watch repairman.

    07-07-1878 - 08-05-1879