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Henry Ford was born on July 30 1863 on a family farmin what is known as today as Dearborn Michigan He was the first of William and Mary Ford six children Henry had a normal life of a rural nineteenth century he spent his days in a one school room and doing chores around the farm He showed an interest in mechanical things and did not like farm work at an early age When he was twelve his mother died during childbirth He was very close to his mother but his relationship with his father was not so good even though he occasionally came back to the farm to help around the farm His father also hoped that one day he would take over the farm one day At the age of sixteen he went to Detroit to take an apprenticeship in machinery Because of this apprenticeship he would learn how to operate and service steam engines He was an apprentice for three years then retuned back to the farm For a few years after Henrys apprenticeship he had a lot of time to spend so he divided it doing man things he spent some of it operating or repairing steam engines doing some work in a Detroit Factory or working around his dads farmIn 1888 he got married to Clara Ala Bryant In 1893 his son Edsel Bryant Ford was born so Ford had to return to doing farm work to support him his wife and his son Three years later he was hired as an engineer for a company called Edison Illuminating Company While all this was happening Ford created plans for a horseless carriage and in 1896 he made his first model called the Ford QuadricycleIn the same year of the Ford Quadricycle he attended a meeting with the executives of the Edison Illuminating Company During this meeting he found himself presenting his quadricycle plans to Thomas Edison Edison
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