Family Tree Tuesday – Henry Ford

Posted April 5, 2011 by Amanda | 4 Comments

Henry Ford was an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. By implementing the assembly line technique of mass production, Ford revolutionized the automobile industry. This new business technique was called “Fordism,” the mass production of inexpensive goods in conjunction with high wages for workers. Ford would become one of the richest men in the world.

Ford was born on July 30, 1863 on a family farm in Michigan to William Ford and Mary Litogot and was the first of six children.

In 1888, Ford married Clara ala Bryant and they had one son, Edsel Ford. Edsel was groomed to take over the family automobile business. He served as the president of the Ford Motor Company from 1919 until his death in 1943. After his death, his father resumed the role of president. During his lifetime, Edsel proved to be a significant art benefactor to Detroit, Michigan, donating his collection of early African art to the Detroit Institute of Arts’s African art collection, to whom his family continues to make contributions.

Each of Ford’s three grandsons entered the family business. In 1945, Ford’s grandson, Henry Ford, II became president of the company. He is credited with rescuing the company after World War II. His youngest grandson, William Ford, Sr. would go on to marry Martha Firestone, granddaughter of Harvey Firestone, the founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, one of the first global makers of automobile tires. And today, many of Henry Ford’s great grandchildren continue to work for the family business.

Check out Henry Ford’s family tree and see how you’re related!

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  • Margaret

    Hi AmandannMy Grandfather was a Richard Ford born in County Cork 1856 he moved to New Zealand to live, there has always been talk in the family that we are related to Henry Ford, but no one has ever found out if that is correct.nRichards parents are William Ford 1816-1898 Anne Hazel 1820-1898nWilliams father we think was George Ford 1788-1865 not sure if date is correct,this information was received of a rootsweb site by a Moira Forde, I am unable to get in contact with hernThe talk within the family is that Richards Grandfather and Henrys Grandfather were brothersnI am hoping you can help me or put me in the right direction to solve this nnlook forward to hearing from younMargaretnnnn

    • Larnmccarthy

      Hi there you may want to contact Hazel ford buttimer she lived in the original homestead that henrys grandfather left . The address is crohane ballinascarthy clonakilty co cork

  • C Kiser

    Hi Amanda

    I’m Henry fords 6th great grand daughter and I was wondering if I’m also related to president ford.

  • Matthew Walter

    henry is my 3rd great uncle