Henry Ford was one of the first American industrialists. He is best known for his revolutionary achievements in the automobile industry, and his inventions are still marveled in the modern world today. Henry Ford grew up on a small farm near Dearborn, Michigan. It was here Henry Ford was born, on July 30, 1863. He went to local district schools like the rest of the children from his town, and he excelled in most subjects. As Henry grew up, he spent most of his free time tinkering, and finding out exactly how things work. A pastime that developed thinking and logic abilities, but being a farmer's boy, he had little spare time, for there were always chores to be done. By twelve years of age, Henry was doing a man's work on the farm and had begun repairing machinery for neighboring farmers. His father pleased when Henry would repair a harness, reset a tool handle, or make hinges for furniture, but he was not pleased however, when his son repaired things for neighbors, as he often did, without charging them a cent. It was one day when Henry saw a steam engine powering a farming machine that he dreamed that one day he would build a smaller engine that would power a vehicle and do the job that horse's once did.
Shortly after Henry turned thirteen, his mother died. Henry became very discontent with living on the farm, but he stayed for another three years. When he was sixteen, he finished his studies at the district school. Against his father's will, Henry moved to Detroit, ten miles away.
In Detroit, Henry worked eleven hours a day at James Flower & Brothers' Machine Shop for only $2.50 a week. As this was not enough to pay for board and room, Henry got an evening job at Magill's Jewelry Shop for $2 each week, at first his only option was to clean and wind the shop's large stock of clocks. Soon afterwards, he was repairing them also.
After three years in Detroit, and ceaseless persuasion from his father, Henry moved back to the farm at the age of nineteen. Farm work was no more appealing than before. Henry did enjoy the birds and the wildlife in the country, and he liked operating and repairing a steam threshing machine so he stayed. At a dance on New Year's Eve in 1885, Henry met a dark-haired young woman, Clara Bryant, who lived only a few miles away. In 1888, Henry and Clara were married. As a gift, Mr. Ford gave Henry and his bride forty acres of wooded land. There Henry built a small cottage and they lived off the land. Henry's father thought Henry was content and had settled down for life, but this was not to be so. All of Henry's spare time was still spent on engines. Three years after their marriage, Henry saw an internal-combustion gas engine in Detroit. He decided that this is the engine that he would have to use on his car. He had to move back to Detroit.
For two years, Henry worked nights as a steam engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company. He worked every night from 6 P.M. to 6 A.M. and earned $45 a month. After working...