Founder of the Ford Motor Company (View Profile)
Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 on a farm in Michigan, called Greenfield Township. He was born to his mother named, Mary Litogot Ford and his father was, William Ford. Mary Ford was born in Michigan, as the youngest daughter of the Belgian immigrants. Mary’s parents died when she was a child, and she was only adopted by her parent’s neighbors, which was the O’Herns. Mary Ford died in 1876. Henry Ford had four siblings, Margaret Ford who was born in 1867 then died in 1938; Jane Ford who was born in 1868 and then died in 1945; William Ford who was born in 1871 and then died in1917; then lastly, Robert Ford, who was born in 1873, and then died in 1934.
His father, William Ford, was born in Country Cork, Ireland. William’s family was originally from England. William gave Henry a watch when he was 15 years old, from then on, he became fascinated with watches. Henry had dismantled and repaired the little pieces of watches of his friends, and neighbors and later became known as the repair man of watches. When Henry was 20 years old, he used to walk from his home to the Episcopal Church every Sunday.
In 1876, Henry’s mother died, which devastated him. Henry was tasked by his father to take over their farm, which was previously handled by his deceased mother. Henry refused to take charge of the farm, as he had no interest and love for it. He wrote that, “I never had any particular love for the farm, it was the mother on the farm, I loved”. In 1879, Henry left his home to work as a machinist in the city of Detroit at first with James F. Flower & Bros., and then later he moved forward with the Detroit Dry Dock Co.
In 1882, Henry returned to Dearborn to work on their family farm, wherein he became adept with operating the Westinghouse portable steam engine. Then, he was hired by the Westinghouse Company, as knew his skills handling engines. In 1888, Henry got married to Clara Ala Bryant, who was born in 1866 and then died in 1950. Henry and Clara had one child, named Edsel Ford, who was born in 1893, and then died on 1943.
In 1891, Ford worked as an Engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company, and then he was promoted to Chief Engineer in 1893. Months later, he resigned, and decided to pursue his own experiments with gasoline engines. His experiments culminated in 1896, and completed his Ford Quadricycle. He test-drove his experiment on June 4 of the same year, and continued to make improvements.
In June 16, 1903, Henry Ford established the Ford Motor Company with Alexander Malcomson, which was financed by the Dodge brothers.
Henry Ford’s net worth is estimated at $188 billion dollars.