Henry Ford: The Beginning

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Henry Ford: The Beginning

Post  AnaMartinez on Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:45 pm

Henry Ford was born on July 30th, 1863 on a farm in Greenfield Township, Michigan. He was the eldest of his six siblings and he grew up in a beautiful family farm. He was taught many things to do with farm work, but at an early age he began to show more interest in mechanics than in farm work. When his mother died, Ford was completely devastated and his father had expected him to take over the family farm. Henry, on the other hand, had another thing in mind. He had even wrote:

"I never had any particular love for the farm—it was the mother on the farm I loved."

At sixteen years old Henry left the farm to the nearby city of Detroit to work as an apprentice machinist. He worked as an apprentice for three years before he went back to the farm. He began operating and repairing steam engines, and working in a Detroit factory. After his marriage to Clara Bryant in 1888, Ford started supporting his wife by running a sawmill. In 1891, he became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit. This marked a chapter in Ford's life that made him who he was. He developed a love and dedication to industrial pursuits.

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