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Henry Ford

Born: July 30, 1863, Greenfield Township, Dearborn, Michigan
Died: April 7, 1947 (age 83), Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan

Henry Ford - Trivia powered by ABEHenry 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 industry. 

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 son's name?

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 vehicle?

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 to?

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 incorporated?

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 or False?

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 Detroit.[52]

9. What was the cause of death?

10. Where is Henry Ford buried?



1. Edsel Bryant Ford (1893-1943)

2. Ford Quadricycle

3. Detroit Automobile Company

4. Cadillac Automobile Company

5. June 16, 1903

6. The Model T

7. True

8. "Tin Goose"

9. He died in 1947 of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 83 in Fair Lane, his Dearborn estate.

Angels on your pillow10. Ford Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan

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