Timeline Description: Henry Ford was the creator of the Ford Motor Company, one of the largest and longest running car companies in America. He paved the way for affordable cars, and he did it while treating his workers fairly. This is a timeline of his business workings.
|1863||Henry Ford is born
Henry was born in Michigan in 1863.
|1879||Henry starts out on his own
Henry moved away from his family's farm to begin work in a factory in Detroit. He eventually went to work for Edison Illuminating Company.
|1888||Henry gets married
Henry married a girl from his hometown of Greenfield Township. They lived in Detroit, Michigan.
|1896||His first automobile is complete
Henry's first automobile was called the Quadricycle because it had four wheels. He rode it through the streets of Detroit.
|1899||Henry devotes himself to the business of automobiles
Henry quit his position with the Edison Illuminating Company to work with Detroit Automobile Company. He soon became chief engineer.
|1901||His first car company is founded
Ford opened his first car company in 1901, but he quickly resigned when there was a dispute among the bankers. In 1902 it became the Cadillac Motor Car Co.
|1903||The Ford Motor Company is born
Henry Ford opened a second motor car company, calling it the Ford Motor Company. The first car produced was the Model A.
|1908||The car he became famous for
In 1908 Henry Ford began producing the Model T. It quickly became famous.
|1913||Henry Ford revolutionizes the way cars are made
Ford set up the first automobile assembly line, and the cars were made faster and cheaper than ever.
|1918||He makes a go at politics
Henry Ford set out for the U.S. Senate, but he was turned down.
|1921||Ford Motor Company becomes the dominating car company
By 1921, Ford Motor Company was putting out more than 55% of the cars in the country.
|1926||Henry Ford takes to the air
Ford decided to focus his efforts on more than just cars, and he ended up with an airplane called the Tri-Motor plane.
|1932||Henry puts out a V-8 engine
Henry Ford successfully put out his first V-8 engine. It was the V-8 Ford.
|1941||The company joins the union
In spite of his earlier attempts to keep the company out of the union, Ford Motor Company joined UAW in 1941.
|1947||Henry Ford dies
Henry died in his home at the age of 83. He was a dedicated, hard worker who used his ideas to change America.