Born: July 30, 1863, Greenfield Township, Dearborn,
Died: April 7, 1947 (age 83), Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan
Ford was the American founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of
modern assembly lines used in mass production. His introduction of the
Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American
He was a prolific inventor and was awarded 161 U.S. patents. As owner
of the Ford Company he became one of the richest and best-known people
in the world.
What do you know about Henry Ford? Try this quick quiz.
1. Ford married Clara Ala Bryant in 1888 and supported himself by
farming and running a sawmill. They had a one child. What was their
2. In 1891, Ford became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating
Company, and after his promotion to Chief Engineer in 1893, he had
enough time and money to devote attention to his personal experiments on
gasoline engines. These experiments culminated in 1896 with the
completion of his own self-propelled vehicle. What did he call the
3. In 1896, Ford attended a meeting of Edison executives, where he
was introduced to Thomas Edison. Edison approved of Ford's automobile
experimentation. Encouraged by Edison's approval, Ford designed and
built a second vehicle, which was completed in 1898. Backed by the
capital of Detroit lumber baron William H. Murphy, Ford resigned from
Edison and founded the an automobile company on August 5, 1899. What was
the name of the company?
4. William H. Murphy and other stockholders in the Detroit Automobile
Company formed the Henry Ford Company on November 30, 1901, with Ford as
chief engineer. However, Murphy brought in Henry M. Leland as a
consultant. As a result, Ford left the company bearing his name in 1902.
With Ford gone, Murphy renamed the company. What was the name changed
5. Ford and Alexander Y. Malcomson, a Detroit-area coal dealerFord
& Malcomson was reincorporated as the Ford Motor Company with
$28,000 capital. The original investors included Ford and Malcomson, the
Dodge brothers (John and Horace E.), Malcomson's uncle John S. Gray,
Horace Rackham, and James Couzens. When was the Ford Motor Company
6. What model was introduced on October 1, 1908?
7. The successful Ford Model A, introduced in December 1927 and
produced through 1931, with a total output of more than 4 million. True
Ford, like other automobile companies, entered the aviation business
during World War I, building Liberty engines. After the war, it returned
to auto manufacturing until 1925, when Henry Ford acquired the Stout
Metal Airplane Company. Ford's most successful aircraft was the Ford 4AT
Trimotor. What was it called?
8. He died in 1947 of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 83 in Fair Lane,
his Dearborn estate, and he is buried in the Ford Cemetery in
9. What was the cause of death?
10. Where is Henry Ford buried?