Henry Ford, an extremely hardworking man, was very curious in his
early life because he liked to take things apart and ask many
questions. He lead and designed the manufacturing of many cars,
including the Model T which was the second largest selling car
totaling over 15,000,000. In addition to doing this, he lead and
managed an enormous company with the help of very few people. When
Henry spoke, people listened. Henry had a few dreams that he thought
would change the world. For example, he saw that most of the car
companies were making cars for the very wealthy, but Ford looked
beyond this and dreamed that every family in the United States would
own their own car, even the poor farming families.
Henry was born into a rather poor farming family during Abraham
Lincoln's presidency on July 30, 1863, in a small town called Dearborn
located in Michigan. During the first years of Henry's life, he would
work on the farm, take his toys apart, and ask many questions such as,
"How does a clock work?" (Marcus,p. 45). At the age of 16, Henry left
home and found a job as a machinist apprentice. Then, from about 1880
until about 1884, he worked many other jobs usually fixing watches and
clocks (Marcus, p.53). While doing this, he was learning more and more
Then, in 1885, the first car was invented (Aird, p. 89). Made by Benz,
this car was three-wheeled, very uncomfortable and extremely slow,
going approximately 10 miles per hour. From that date forward, Henry
Ford found out what he was destined to do, build an incredible car.
Before Henry was going to build any car, he had to first get some
money so he decided to work for Westinghouse Steam Engines in southern
April 11, 1888, was a great day for Henry, because he married Clara J.
Bryant. Mr. and Mrs. Ford moved to Detroit in 1891 to try and settle
down. Then, in 1893, Henry was made chief engineer of the Edison
Illuminating Company, he lead this division and they paid him well (Aird,
p. 79"). While he was working for them, in his own spare time he
constructed a one-cylinder gasoline motor, which was an enormous step
for Henry. Then, a couple of months later, on the sixth day of
November, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford had their only child, a boy named
Edsel Bryant Ford (Marcus, p. 45).
In June of 1896, Henry built his first car: a two cylinder lightweight
carriage, called the "quadricycle" 1899 came, and Henry decided to
resign from the Edison Illuminating Company to organize the Detroit
Automobile Company. After two years of hard work, the company went
bankrupt because of the lack of cars sold (Marcus, p. 98).
Henry Ford decided that building and driving race cars was the best
thing for him...