40 Facts About Henry Ford

1. Henry Ford repeated the concept of collecting historic structures with the creation of Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

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2. Henry Ford moved the schoolhouse supposedly referred to in the nursery rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb", from Sterling, Massachusetts, and purchased the historic Wayside Inn.

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3. In 1936, Henry Ford broke ground for a beautiful Greek revival style mansion on the banks of the Ogeechee River on the site of a 1730s plantation.

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4. Henry Ford started buying land in this area and eventually owned 70,000 acres there.

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5. Henry Ford had a vacation home in Richmond Hill, Georgia which is still in existence today as a private community.

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6. Henry Ford had a vacation residence in Fort Myers, Florida next to that of Thomas Edison, which he bought in 1915 and used until approximately 1930.

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7. Henry Ford was a prolific inventor and was awarded 161 US patents.

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8. Henry Ford was instrumental in developing charcoal briquets, under the brand name "Kingsford".

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9. Henry Ford cultivated a relationship with George Washington Carver for this purpose.

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10. Henry Ford published an anti-smoking book, circulated to youth in 1914, called The Case Against the Little White Slaver, which documented many dangers of cigarette smoking attested to by many researchers and luminaries.

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11. The Grand Lodge of New York confirms that Henry Ford was a Freemason, and was raised in Palestine Lodge No 357, Detroit, in 1894.

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12. Henry Ford died on April 7, 1947, of a cerebral hemorrhage at Fair Lane, his estate in Dearborn, at the age of 83.

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13. In 1913, Henry Ford attempted to enter a reworked Model T in the Indianapolis 500 but was told rules required the addition of another 1,000 pounds to the car before it could qualify.

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14. For many Germans, Henry Ford embodied the essence of successful Americanism.

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15. Henry Ford sent his engineers and technicians to the Soviet Union to help install the equipment and train the working force, while over a hundred Soviet engineers and technicians were stationed at Ford's plants in Detroit and Dearborn "for the purpose of learning the methods and practice of manufacture and assembly in the Company's plants.

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16. In 1929, Henry Ford made an agreement with the Soviets to provide technical aid over nine years in building the first Soviet automobile plant near Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky).

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17. Henry Ford experimented with a commercial rubber plantation in the Amazon jungle called Fordlandia; it was one of his few failures.

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18. In 1912, Henry Ford cooperated with Giovanni Agnelli of Fiat to launch the first Italian automotive assembly plants.

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19. Henry Ford opened Ford assembly plants in Britain and Canada in 1911, and soon became the biggest automotive producer in those countries.

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20. Henry Ford believed that international trade and cooperation led to international peace, and he used the assembly line process and production of the Model T to demonstrate it.

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21. Henry Ford believed in the global expansion of his company.

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22. On January 7, 1942, Henry Ford wrote a letter to Sigmund Livingston as the Founder and National Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League.

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23. Henry Ford hired women and handicapped men at a time when doing so was uncommon.

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24. Henry Ford was increasingly sidelined, and others made decisions in his name.

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25. Henry Ford produced 9,000 B-24s at Willow Run, half of the 18,000 total B-24s produced during the war.

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26. Henry Ford broke ground on Willow Run in the spring of 1942, and the first B-24 came off the line in October 1942.

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27. Henry Ford "lined up behind the war effort" when the US entered in late 1941.

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28. Henry Ford had opposed America's entry into World War II and continued to believe that international business could generate the prosperity that would head off wars.

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29. Henry Ford wrote back: "If they want to elect me let them do so, but I won't make a penny's investment.

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30. Henry Ford plants in the United Kingdom produced tractors to increase the British food supply, as well as trucks and aircraft engines.

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31. Henry Ford talked to President Wilson about the mission but had no government support.

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32. Henry Ford complied with his wife's ultimatum, and even agreed with her in retrospect.

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33. Henry Ford explained his views on unions in Chapter 18 of My Life and Work.

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34. Henry Ford announced his $5-per-day program on January 5, 1914, raising the minimum daily pay from $2.34 to $5 for qualifying male workers.

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35. Henry Ford created a huge publicity machine in Detroit to ensure every newspaper carried stories and ads about the new product.

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36. Henry Ford was one of the early backers of the Indianapolis 500.

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37. Henry Ford married Clara Jane Bryant on April 11, 1888, and supported himself by farming and running a sawmill.

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38. Henry Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Henry Ford Foundation and arranged for his family to control the company permanently.

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39. Henry Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace.

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40. Henry Ford is credited with "Fordism": mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers.

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