Henry Ford
(1863 - 1947)
Died at age 83 Birthday: Jul 30 Sign: Leo
As a teen he had a reputation as a watch repairman because he dismantled and rebuilt timepieces for friends.
Henry Ford invented the moving assembly line based on conveyor belts. He was the founder of the automobile company, the Ford Motor Company, and he developed the first gasoline “buggy” in Detroit for a long time, sometimes called a was called a Quadricycle.
Henry Ford Quotes

  • “I was by instinct an engineer.”
  • “Any color - so long as it's black.”
  • “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”
  • “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.”
  • “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
  • “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
  • “Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.”
  • “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
  • “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
  • “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
  • “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”

His mother died when Henry was 13. This subsequently led to his leaving home, as he had no desire to be a farmer.

Had about 300 watches and was considering going into the watch business, but passed it up because he thought it was not universal enough.

He became good friends with Thomas Edison. Interestingly enough in 1891 he became an engineer and then was promoted to chief engineer with Edison Illumination Company. He may not have known Edison then, but he would later in life.

The automobile was invented by Karl Benz.

Went into the Automotive Business full time on August 16, 1899.

The Henry Ford Company was his second company, and was based of his interest in racing cars, specifically his Quadricycle. However he was forced out of the company, which later became Cadillac.

After 11 years, in 1914 after producing his first automobile he doubled the daily wage of most of his workers.

He reduced the time to produce a chassis from 728 minutes to 93 minutes.

He was a friend with the inventor DEPARTURE

April 7, 1947: He died in bed next to his wife by candlelight of a cerebral hemorrhage. The candles were lit due to a stream over-flooding the power station knocking out the power to his estate.