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The Life of Henry Ford

Henry Ford was born in Greenfield, Michigan in 1863 as the son of a farmer. He despised farm work, but was quite handy, and at 15 developed a reputation in his hometown for fixing watches. In 1879 he went to Detroit to apprentice as a machinist, but in 1882 he returned home to help out on the farm. During this period he worked extensively with steam engines, which led to a later job servicing steam engines for Westinghouse Company.