The Rise and Fall of the Infamous Automobile Tycoon, Henry Ford

A Special Gift

Henry Ford was born in July 1863, on a farm just outside of what is now known as Dearborn, Michigan. His father, William, was an Irish immigrant who moved to the United States when he was 20 years old. His mother, Mary, on the other hand, was born and raised in Michigan. Unfortunately, Mary’s Belgian-born parents passed away when she was young, and she was subsequently adopted by her neighbors, the O’Herns.


Henry Ford at the age of 18 during his apprenticeship in a machine shop circa 1881. Photo by Everett Collection / Shutterstock

Ford had said that two significant events occurred when he was 12 years old. The first was when his father gifted him a pocket watch. This gift not only intrigued Ford but ignited a desire in him to understand how things worked.

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