Henry Ford

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July 30, 1863 - April 7, 1947
Early Life
Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 in Dearborn, Michigan on the family farm. Henry Ford's mother and father, Mary and William Ford, had six children, with Henry being the eldest. Ford's family had a decent income working on their farm, but Ford knew that was not how he wanted to make his living. Henry was always interested in machinery. He moved from his home on the farm to Detroit. Later, he worked for the Westinghouse Engine Company. By the year 1896 he built his first horseless carriage.


Model T
Henrywanted to make an improved model of his car and to start his own motor company. In order to finance his company and to improve his model he sold his first car. Henry Ford founded the First Motor Company in 1903. He wanted to be able to make cars for everyone. By 1908 he released his first car from his company, the ModelT car. The Model T was sold for $950. By 1928 there were 15,500,000 million Model T's sold just in the United States. At its lowest price, the Model T sold for $280.

Changing the Way Things Works
He made huge improvements in the manufacturing world with the Assembly line. With the Assembly line a Model T could have been built in 93 minutes. In 1914 Ford began to pay his worked $5 a day, which doubled the salary of people who was working elsewhere. He also cut the work day down to 8 hours from 9 hours, which lead to three shifts and a Model T being produced every 24 seconds. Ford died April 7, 1947 after he was able to provide a car for everyone.


Assembly Line Video Link

"I will build a car for the great multitude."
-Henry Ford

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