Born: July 30th, 1863 in Springwells Township, Michigan, USA
Died: April 7th, 1947 in Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan, USA
Resting Place: Ford Cemetery
Legacy: Founded the Ford Motor Company, Created the Assembly Line
27 Henry Ford Facts for Kids
Henry Ford was an industrialist and very success businessman in 20th century.
Henry Ford is most well-known for developing the assembly line and the creation of Ford Motor Company.
Henry Ford was born on July 30th, 1863 in Springwells Township, Michigan, United States.
Henry Ford was the son of William Ford and Mary Ford.
Henry Ford was one of five children by William and Mary Ford.
Henry Ford was the eldest child and had four siblings named Margaret, Jane, William and Robert.
Henry Ford married Clara Jane Bryant on April 11th, 1888.
Henry and Clara only had one child together, a son named Edsel Bryant Ford.
Henry Ford died at the age of 83 from a cerebral hemorrhage on April 7, 1947 in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.
In 1879, Ford got his first apprenticeship as a machinist with James F. Flower & Bros.
Between 1880 and 1882, Ford was an apprentice machinist at the Detroit Dry Dock Company.
In 1891, Ford was employed as an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company of Detroit.
In 1893, Ford was promoted to Chief Engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company of Detroit.
In 1896, Ford complete his first vehicle, the Ford Quadricycle.
In 1903, Ford and Alexander Y. Malcomson created the Ford Motor Company.
In 1908, Ford debuted the Ford Model T.
In 1914, sales of the Ford Model T passed 250,000.
In 1914, Ford doubled the pay of his workers to improve employee retention rates and hire the best talent.
In 1916, sales of the Ford Model T passed 472,000 after the Ford Motor Company dropped its price.
In 1918, Ford turned over control of the Ford Motor Company to his son Edsel Ford. However, Ford did retain the final say over all decisions and at times reversed choices made by his son.
In 1926, Ford changed his employee work schedule to 8 hour workdays for 5 days a week.
In 1927, Ford debuted the Ford Model A.
Between 1932 and 1934, Ford produced three new car models; Model B, Model 18 and Model 46.
In 1942, Ford opened the Willow Run (Air Force Plant 31) that was designed and dedicated to building B-24s for the United States Military during World War 2.
In 1943, Ford’s son Edsel Ford died from cancer and put Ford back in control of the Ford Motor Company.
Between 1941 and 1945, Ford’s company produced over 9,000 B-24s for the United States Military. This is more than half of the B-24s produced during World War 2.
In 1945, Ford was forced to give up control of the Ford Motor Company to his grandson Henry Ford II. Ford’s wife and his sons widow threatened to sell their stock in the company if he didn’t give up control.