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Henry Ford

Henry Ford was born on a farm near Dearborn, Michigan, on July 30, 1863. Never a promising candidate to be a farmer, as a boy he was fascinated with steam engines and grew to be a mechanical tinkerer. At sixteen he left the farm to take a job as an apprentice in a Detroit machine shop; at night he repaired clocks and watches in a jewelry shop. Later he rose to the position of chief engineer at the Edison power plant in Detroit, but his obsession remained the dream of a powered carriage—by steam or gasoline engine—and in his spare time he built three cars in a workshop at home. In 1900 he founded the Ford Motor Company and went on to astounding success. He died on April 7, 1947.