Henry Ford

Henry Ford
July 30, 1863-April 7, 1947

Inventor and capitalist businessman, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line in his Highland Park, Michigan factory on December 1, 1913. The time to produce a Model T was reduced from slightly over twelve hours to 93 minutes.

Ford, paying significantly higher wages than competitors and reducing the workday to eight hours, was labeled a socialist while reinventing capitalism.

In November 1915 he organized the “Ford Peace Ship,” a group of pacifists who sailed to Europe to attempt mediation. In 1918, he lost a campaign for the Senate.

By 1940, Ford had amassed a fortune in excess of one billion dollars, much of which he gave to charity through his philanthropic foundations.

Raised: November 28, 1894
Palestine Lodge No. 357, Detroit, MI
Member: Zion Lodge No. 1

 

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