A young Henry Ford
A young Henry Ford
 
 
Ford's Quadricycle, his first car
Ford's Quadricycle, his first car
 
 
The Ford assembly line
The Ford assembly line
 
 
The Ford assembly line
The Ford assembly line
 
 
A finished Model T Ford car
A finished Model T Ford car
 
 
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford
 
 
Henry Ford portrait
Henry Ford portrait
 
Ford, Henry <br>Model T Ford
Topic(s):   Famous People (U.S.), Inventions & Inventors
Quick Facts
Full name Henry James Ford
Born July 30, 1863 (Dearborn, Michigan)
Died April 7, 1947 (Dearborn, Michigan)
Nationality American
Occupation(s) engineer, owner of Ford Motor Company
Major Achievement(s) use of interchangeable parts, the assembly line, making cars available for everyone
Year Invented 1908

Henry Ford grew up on a farm. When Henry was 16, he went to Detroit, Michigan. He learned about machines. Ford married Clara Bryant in 1888. Later, he worked for Thomas Edisonís company. On his own time, he did experiments. Ford made the Quadricycle. It had four bicycle wheels and a motor. In 1908, he made the Model T automobile. It was very popular.

Henry Ford was not the first person to invent a car. But he wanted to make cars for everyone. Ford made better designs. He tried to build cars more quickly.

In the beginning, cars were made one at a time. Each part was custom made. Ford decided to make many copies of each part. It was easier to work with these interchangeable parts.

At first, just a few people made each car. They did all the jobs. It took all day. Ford decided to use many people. Each person did one job. Conveyor belts brought parts to them. This was an assembly line. It was faster. Ford also paid his workers a lot of money. They worked hard. His cars got cheaper.

Ford couldnít get parts fast enough. He started making everything at his factory. He even made steel in his factory. Now everyone could afford a car.

Teacher Resources

Bellis, Mary. (n.d.). Henry Ford (1863-1947). Retrieved from http://inventors.about.com/od/fstartinventors/a/HenryFord.htm

The Henry Ford. (n.d.). The Life of Henry Ford. Retrieved from http://www.hfmgv.org/exhibits/hf/

Gelderman, Carol W. Henry Ford Biography. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/articles/Henry-Ford-9298747?part=6

The Great Idea Finder. (n.d.). Henry Ford. Retrieved from http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/ford.htm

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