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THE LIFE OF HENRY FORD Henry Ford was born on July 301863 he was the first of William and Mary Fords six children He grew up on a good family farm in DearbornMichigan Henry enjoyed his childhood spending his time like any other typical nineteenth century child in a one room schoolhouseand doing farm chores among other things At an early age he showed an interest in mechanics and he started to dislike farm work In 1879 Ford was 16 and he left home for the nearby city of Detroit to work as an apprentice machinist he did occasionally return to help on the farm He remained an apprentice for three years and then returned to Dearborn During the next few years Henry began operating or repairing steam enginesfinding work in a Detroit factory at times When he married Clara Bryant in 1888 Henry supported himself by running a sawmill In 1891 Ford became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit After joining the Edison Illuminating Company it was clear to him that he wanted to didicate his life to making industrial pursuits In 1893 his promition to Chief Engineer gave him enough money and time to make experiments on internal combustion engines These experiments came together in 1896 with the completion of his own self-propelled vehicle the Quadricycle The Quadricycle had four wheels that looked like heavy bicycle wheels was steered with a tiller like a boat and had only two forward speeds with no reverse Ford was not the first to build a self-propelled vehicle with a gasoline engine however he was one of the several automotive pioneers who helped this country become a nation of motorists The Ford Motor Company was incorporated in 1903 with Henry Ford as vice-president and chief engineer The company only produced a few cars a day at the ford factory on Mack Avenue in Detroit Groups of two or three men
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