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# Henry Ford

Henry Ford
Henry Ford, c. 1919
BornJuly 30, 1863
DiedApril 7, 1947 (aged 83)
Cause of deathCerebral hemorrhage
Spouse(s)Clara Jane Bryant
ChildrenEdsel Ford
Parent(s)William Ford and Mary Ford
RelativesWilliam Clay Ford, Sr. (grandson)
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Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American engineer and businessman. He started making cars in 1896 and founded the Ford Motor Company.

He developed the idea of a system in which each worker has the duty to do one small part of the process of making something. His idea made it possible to produce cars in large numbers. This was called the assembly line.

Many factories around the world still make things this way. It was quite innovative at the time and it allowed him to produce many cars quickly and at a cheaper price than other car companies could. He married Clara Bryant and had one child named Edsel Bryant Ford. Ford left home for Detroit, Michigan to start his mechanical career.

## Beginning of the Ford Motor Company

In 1903, Henry Ford helped start the Ford Motor Company. He was the owner of the company.[1] The company sold its first car which was the model T car on July 23, 1903. Ford became president of the company in 1906.

In 1908, Ford's company began making the Ford Model T car. Ford said that he wanted to make a "motor car for the great multitude".[2] This meant that he thought that most Americans should be able to afford to buy a car and not just a few rich people. In order to reach this goal, he chose to make the design as simple as possible. All his cars would be made the same way. They were even all the same color – black.

## Political views

Ford was also known for his political views. He had been against World War I because he thought that it was a waste of time. He also believed that Jewish people were causing problems in the world.[5][6] This belief is called Anti-Semitism. In 1919, he took over a newspaper called the Dearborn Independent. He began publishing articles that blamed Jews for problems in the world.[7] Later, he would blame Jewish bankers for starting World War II.

## References

1. "The Henry Ford". hfmgv.org. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
2. "A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Ford installs first moving assembly line". pbs.org. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
3. "Inventor of the Week: Archive". web.mit.edu. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
4. "Moving Assembly Line at Ford — History.com This Day in History — 10/7/1913". history.com. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
5. Logdson, Jonathan. "Power, Ignorance, and Anti-Semitism: Henry Ford and His War on Jews". history.hanover.edu. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
6. "Anti-Semitism of 1920's Revived on Web – The International Jew". adl.org. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
7. "Henry Ford Invents a Jewish Conspiracy". jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved April 30, 2010.