Saturday, October 10, 2020
Things you didn’t know about Henry Ford | E-Neighborhood Advisor
On October 1, 1908, Henry Ford's Model T, a
"universal car" designed for the masses, went
on sale for the first time. American automaker
Henry Ford was born in Dearborn Township,
Michigan, and grew up to found the Ford Motor
Company. Here are five things from
you probably didn't know about him.
Ford Worked for Inventor Thomas Edison
Ford was only 20 when he became the chief
engineer for the Thomas Edison Illumination
Company at Detroit’s main electric plant. This
was quite a feat for such a young man,
especially since this power plant provided all of
the electricity for such a big city. Six years
later, Edison encouraged Ford to follow his
dreams of creating an affordable, reliable,
He Ran for Public Office in 1918
Ford had many powerful friends, including
President Woodrow Wilson, who convinced
him to run for the United States Senate in
1918. He only lost by 4,500 votes, even though
he didn't spend a dime on his campaign.
Truman H. Newberry won in part by accusing
Ford of being antisemitic and a pacifist as well
as for his efforts to keep his son Edsel from
going into the military during World War I.
The Henry Ford Museum Displays Some
The museum, located in Dearborn, Michigan,
contains a strange collection of objects in
addition to the expected display of motor
vehicles. One of the museum’s prized
possessions is a glass test-tube that has
Thomas Edison’s last breath inside and a
talking doll by Edison from around 1899 that
would give author Stephen King nightmares
with its garbled version of a child’s nursery
rhyme. The museum also houses a plaster
cast mask of Abraham Lincoln, which was
made only several months before his
assassination and a toy coffin with a doll in it.
One of Ford’s Invention Is Used by
Barbecuers All Around the Nation
Among Ford's many inventions over the years
is a summertime staple: the compressed
charcoal briquette. With Ford plants turning out
the Model T, which featured many parts made
of oak, Ford found himself awash in wood
scraps. Ford's brother-in-law E.G. Kingsford
suggested they create a charcoal
manufacturing plant. The charcoal briquettes
were named Kingsford Charcoal, in honor of
his brother-in-law, and the company is still a
top producer of briquettes to this day.
One of Ford’s Airplanes Appeared in a
Harrison Ford Movie
During World War I, Ford took to the skies
when he founded the Ford Airplane Company.
While the company didn't achieve the success
Ford had hoped, it did create the sturdy and
now-iconic Ford Tri-Motor airplane, which was
produced between 1928 and 1933. A Ford Tri-
Motor even appears in "Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom."
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