1863 - Born on July 30th in Wayne county, Michigan. An American industrialist who revolutionized factory production with his assembly-line methods.
1879 - At age 16 he walked to Detroit to find work in its machine shops.
1888 - Ford moved back to Detroit nine years later as a married man. His wife, Clara Bryant, had grown up on a farm not far from Ford's.
1893 - Clara gave birth to their only child, Edsel Bryant on November 6th.
- He had determined several years before to build a gasoline-powered vehicle, and his first working gasoline engine was completed.
1896 - Completed his first horseless carriage, the “Quadricycle,” so called because the chassis of the four-horsepower vehicle was a buggy frame mounted on four bicycle wheels.
1899 - Formed the Detroit Automobile Company (later the Henry Ford Company), but all eventually abandoned him in exasperation because they wanted a passenger car to put on the market while Ford insisted always on improving whatever model he was working on, saying that it was not ready yet for customers.
1902 - He left the Henry Ford Company, which subsequently reorganized as the Cadillac Motor Car Company.
1903 - Ford was ready to market an automobile. The Ford Motor Company was incorporated, this time with a mere $28,000 in cash put up by ordinary citizens, for Ford had, in his previous dealings with backers, antagonized the wealthiest men in Detroit.
1947 - Died on April 7th in Dearborn, Michigan.
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