Ford, Henry


An American industrial leader of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ford perfected the assembly line technique of mass production, by which the Model T automobile and its successors were made available “for the multitude.”

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Ford said, “History is bunk,” and was often considered a man of extreme conservatism and hardheaded practicality. The Ford Foundation, which he established in the 1930s, has funded a great number of educational projects.
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