Benson Ford (1919 - 1978)

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Birthplace: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
Death: Died in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, Michigan, United States
Cause of death: heart attack
Managed by: Hannelore Caulk Scheu
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About Benson Ford

Second son of Edsel Bryant Ford I and Eleanor Lowthian Clay, he was at first named Edsel Junior, but re-named Benson, a Hudson family name, his maternal grandmother's maiden name. Easygoing, affable and good-humored, he worked in the Ford Rouge with Henry Ford II, his older brother, until their enlistment after Pearl Harbor. In June 1943, he and Henry II represented the 41.9% of shares that had been held by their father, Edsel I. One of the 1950s Ford Motor Co. directors and vice-presidents, he ran the Mercury Div. 1948-56, then took charge of Lincoln-Mercury dealer relations. He died an alcoholic.

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Benson Ford's Timeline

1919
July 20, 1919
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
1978
July 27, 1978
Age 59
Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, Michigan, United States
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Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States