Autobiography of Henry Ford


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This is autobiography of Henry Ford by Rohan Chakraborty as a project for History given by Derek Sir.

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Autobiography of Henry Ford

  1. 1. © Rohan Chakraborty
  2. 2. About Henry Ford.• Born on July 30, 1863 on aDearborn, Michigan farm, Henry Ford createdthe Ford Model T car in 1908 and went on todevelop the assembly line mode ofproduction, which revolutionized the industry.As a result, Ford sold millions of cars andbecame a world-famous company head. Thecompany lost its market dominance but had alasting impact on other technologicaldevelopment and U.S. infrastructure.
  3. 3. Early Life• Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford was born on July30, 1863, on his family’s farm near Dearborn, Michigan.When Henry was 15, his father gifted him a pocketwatch, which the young boy promptly took apart andreassembled. Friends and neighbors were impressedand requested that he fix their timepieces too.• Unsatisfied with farm work, Ford left home the nextyear, at age 16, to take an apprenticeship as amachinist in Detroit. In the years that followed, hewould learn to skillfully operate and service steamengines, and would also study bookkeeping.
  4. 4. Early Career• In 1888, Ford married Clara Ala Bryant and brieflyreturned to farming to support his wife and son, Edsel.But three years later, he was hired as an engineer forthe Edison Illuminating Company. In 1883, his naturaltalents earned him a promotion to Chief Engineer.• All the while, Ford developed his plans for a horselesscarriage, and in 1896, he constructed his first model, theFord Quadricycle. Within the same year, he attended ameeting with Edison executives and found himselfpresenting his automobile plans to Thomas Edison. Thelighting genius encouraged Ford to build a second andbetter model.
  5. 5. Ford Motor Company• After a few trials building cars and companies, in 1903, Henry Fordestablished the Ford Motor Company. Ford introduced the ModelT in October of 1908, and for several years, the company posted100 percent gains.• However, more than for his profits, Ford became renowned for hisrevolutionary vision: the manufacture of an inexpensiveautomobile made by skilled workers who earn steady wages.• In 1914, he sponsored the development of the moving assemblyline technique of mass production. Simultaneously, he introducedthe $5-per-day wage ($110 in 2011) as a method of keeping thebest workers loyal to his company. Simple to drive and cheap torepair, half of all cars in America in 1918 were Model T’s.
  6. 6. PHILOSOPHY, PHILANTHROPY ANDANTI-SEMITISM• From a social perspective, Henry Ford’s was marked by seeminglycontradictory viewpoints. In business, Ford offered profit sharing toselect employees who stayed with the company for six monthsand, most important, who conducted their lives in a respectablemanner.• The company’s “Social Department” looked into an employee’sdrinking, gambling and otherwise uncouth activities to determineeligibility for participation. Ford was also an ardent pacifist andopposed World War I, even funding a peace ship to Europe. Later, in1936, Ford and his family established the Ford Foundation toprovide ongoing grants for research, education and development.But despite these philanthropic leanings, Ford was also acommitted anti-Semite, going as far as to support a weeklynewspaper, The Dearborn Independent, which furthered suchviews.
  7. 7. Unfortunately…• Henry Ford died of a cerebral hemorrhage onApril 7, 1947, at the age of 83, near hisDearborn estate, Fair Lane. Ford, consideredone of America’s leading businessman iscredited today for helping to build Americaseconomy during the nations vulnerable earlyyears. His legacy will live on for decades tocome.
  8. 8. Ford: T Model• It was quite a humble beginning and, weshould never forget about the early Fordhad, as model ‘T’ car. The common man’s car.Which was the mother of all the FORD cars.Lets see the advanced models of ‘T’ model car.
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