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Henry Ford, who will transform American industry and transportation, is born on a farm in Michigan

Henry Ford, detail
07/30/1863
Henry Ford was born to an Anglo-Irish immigrant farming family near Dearborn, Michigan.  He left the farm after his mother's death and took up a varied early career in engineering, initially with the Edison Company.  He became interested in the automobile and after several attempts, founded his successful Ford Motor Company in 1903 and in 1908 introduced his iconic and transformative "Model T" car.  A complex man - he was a pacifist but also an anti-Semite decorated by Hitler - he died in April 1947 and is buried in Detroit. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
William Adams Simmons, Henry Ford: His Life, His Work, His Genius (Los Angeles, CA: Floyd Clumer, 1846), 20. 

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