The life of Henry Ford


Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, on his family’s farm in Wayne County, Michigan. There is a story that says when he was 15 his father gave him a pocket watch, that he took apart and put back together.  Hearing of the episode, friends and relatives requested his help with repairing their own watches.

He left home at the age of 16. He took an apprenticeship as a machinist in Detroit.  Henry learned to operate and repair steam engines and he also learned bookkeeping.

In 1888, Ford married Clara Ala Bryan.  They had a son, Edsel and Ford returned to farming for a brief period of time.  He was hired as an engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company in 1883.  He was quickly promoted to chief engineer.  He continued with his plans to make a horseless carriage.  He probably couldn’t envision an automobile such as the Ford Fusion back in that day, but in 1896  he built the first Ford Quadracycle.  He was encouraged by Thomas Edison to make a better model.

Ford  was known for his vision for an inexpensive automobile.  He sponsored the development of an assembly line technique. Of course, the Ford company has seen many changes and improvements since 1904, but it was a fusion of Henry’s experience as a machinist and a bookkeeper that made the Ford Motor Company successful in the beginning.

Little did Henry Ford know that his cars would eventually be sold all around the world. Here at Henry Day Ford in Utah we’re appreciative for Henry Ford’s creations, because we know that a Ford is the best car a Utahn can buy!



Jorge Presbury is a writer for Fusion 360 Agency.  He writes digital content for several clients, including Henry Day Ford.

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