30 Jul '17, 1pm

#OnThisDay in #TechHistory, Henry Ford is born.

Best known as the founder of the Ford Motor Company and a major backer of the assembly line, Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863. Growing up on a farm outside of Detroit, he hated farming and horses, so he spent his life trying to replace them with machines. After getting only a sixth-grade education, Ford started working in machine shops and spent two summers demonstrating and repairing steam engines for Westinghouse. Ford was an engineer and after taking some business classes he went to work at the Edison Illuminating Company to learn about electricity. He was promoted to chief engineer in 1893, just two years after joining the company. The position’s salary allowed for Ford’s personal experiments on gasoline engines. In 1896, Ford completed a self-propelled vehicle that he named the Ford Quadricycle. That same year, Ford was introduced to Thomas Edison , who encouraged Fo...

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