Henry Ford (1863-1947)
I will build a car for the great multitude.
Ford Quadricycle, Henry Ford 1896
I decided to honor Henry Ford this week. I admire his was of thinking. He brings much inspiration by the example of his life and how he followed his dream. His quotes are simple, to the point and easy to understand. He is clearly one of the great minds at the turn of the century.
Morning with Henry Ford week:
Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. ~ Henry Ford
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~ Henry Ford
Don't find fault, find a remedy. ~ Henry Ford
When everything seems to be going against you,
remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ~ Henry Ford
Here is a little of Henry Ford's history :
In 1891, Ford became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit. This event signified a conscious decision on Ford's part to dedicate his life to industrial pursuits. His promotion to Chief Engineer in 1893 gave him enough time and money to devote attention to his personal experiments on internal combustion engines.
These experiments culminated in 1896 with the completion of his own self-propelled vehicle-the Quadricycle. The Quadricycle had four wire wheels that looked like heavy bicycle wheels, was steered with a tiller like a boat, and had only two forward speeds with no reverse.
After two unsuccessful attempts to establish a company to manufacture automobiles, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated in 1903 with Henry Ford as vice-president and chief engineer. He proclaimed, "I will build a car for the great multitude."
Although Ford was not the first to build a self-propelled vehicle with a gasoline engine, he was, however, one of several automotive pioneers who helped this country become a nation of motorists.
In October 1908, he did so, offering the Model T for $950. In the Model T's nineteen years of production, its price dipped as low as $280. Nearly 15,500,000 were sold in the United States alone. The Model T heralds the beginning of the Motor Age; the car evolved from luxury item for the well-to-do to essential transportation for the ordinary man.