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Automobile manufacturer Henry F was born on July30, 1863, on his family’s farm near Dearborn, Michigan.

When Henry was 15, his father gifted him a pocket watch, which the young boy promptly took apart and reassembled.

Friends and neighbors were impressed and requested that he fix their timepieces too.

Unsatistfied with farm work, Henry left home the next year, at age 16, to take an apprenticeship as a machinist in Detroit.

In the years that followed, he would learn to skillfully operate and service steam engines, and would also study book keeping.

In 1888, Henry married Clara Ala Bryant and briefly returned to farming to support his wife and son, Edsel.

Three years later, he was hired as an engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company.

In 1983, his natural talents earned him a promotion to Chief Engineer.

All the while, Henry developed his plans for a horseless carriage, and in 1896, he constructed his first model, the Ford Quadricycle.

Within the same year, he attended a meeting with Edison executives and found himself presenting his automobile plans to Thomas Edison .

The lighting genius encouraged Henry to build a second and better model

After a few trials building cars and companies, in 1903, Henry established the Ford Motor Company.

HENRY FORD introduced the Model T in October of 1908, and for several years, the company posted 100 percent gains.

However, more than for his profits, Henry became renowned for his revolutionary vision: the manufacture of an inexpensive automobile made by skilled workers who earn steady wages.

In 1914, he sponsored the development of the moving assembly line technique of mass production.

Simultaneously, he introduced the $5-per-day wage ($110 in 2011) as a method of keeping the best workers loyal to his company.

Simple to drive and cheap to repair, half of all cars in America in 1918 were Model T’s.

HENRY FORD died of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 83, near his Dearborn estate, Fair Lane.

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