A Biography of Henry Ford
Henry Ford was an American industrialist, best known for
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
he repeatedly gave back to society through donations,
and the creation of organizations that would help to educate and
people. Henry Ford was a man who gained world-wide business
success through his
innovative ideas, brilliant management skills, and down-to-earth
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,
experimenting for several years in his leisure hours, he
construction of his first gasoline engine.
His first automobile
The body was a small crude wooden box, it had a single
steering tiller, bicycle wheels, and an electric bell on the
In 1903 he
founded the Ford Motor Company.
At first, like his competitors, he made cars that only