Foundations

 
 
 
 
"We have only started on our development of our country - we have not as yet, with all our talk of wonderful progress, done more than scratch the surface." - Henry Ford

Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives.

- Henry Ford

Henry Ford (1863-1947) was born during the American Civil War, when people yearned for lighter, more efficient machinery. The most prevalent modes of long-distance transportation at this time were train and horse carriage. Lighter, horseless vehicles were yet to be invented. Prior to Ford's birth, precursors of automobiles, such as steam-powered locomotives, existed. However, these were too cumbersome for effective, long-distance transportation.

Ford grew up in the American Industrial Revolution. His younger years were influenced by important innovations, such as the invention of the light automobile, the Motorwagon, by German Karl Benz. Attributes of the Motorwagon, notably the electrically ignited engine, were later incorporated into Ford’s Model T.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) was born during the Civil War, when most traveled by train or horse. Lighter, horseless vehicles were not yet invented. Precursors of automobiles such as steam-powered locomotives existed. However, these were too cumbersome for long-distance transportation. Consumers yearned for cheaper, faster automobiles. Manufacturers searched for easier ways of production. Ford entered such a world.

Ford grew up in the American Industrial Revolution. His younger years witnessed important technological developments. For instance, Karl Benz’s light automobile, the Motorwagon, introduced the electrically ignited, gasoline-powered engine later incorporated into Ford’s Model T. These developments set the stage for Ford’s actions and legacies in industry.