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Biography Henry Ford was born to a farm family near Greenfield Michigan on July 30th 1863 Henry himself did not like farming but he did like fooling around with machines Henry liked to fix all the farm machines and he was known around the area to be a handyman So as a youth Henry fixed various machines for surrounding farmers This hobby of Henrys made his father angry he would neglect all of his farm chores When Henry was sixteen he ran away to nearby Detroit and became an apprentice to a machinist and then a full mechanic Robbin 36 When he was about twenty four he married Clara Jane Bryant and they moved back to the farm for a while and had one son Edsel Bryant Ford But soon Henry became tired of the farm again and moved back to Detroit Henry got a job as an engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company While he worked there Henry fell in love with the Duryea the first car built in America built by the Duryea brothers From then on he knew what he wanted to do In his spare time he built a small garage in the back of his house He wanted to build a car of his own and despite working twelve hour days at the Edison plant he did build a car of his own The car was a strange looking one it had four bicycle wheels and had a wooden buggy frame Robbin 37 Henry built a few more cars and sold them but this landed him a job at the Detroit Automobile Company he was the chief engineer Soon that company failed then he founded the Ford Automobile Company and that soon failed Now it was 1902 and Henry became interested in just building a race car for himself to break the land speed record He built the 999 which reached speeds of over 90 mph Henry became familiar with
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