EmpireCovers Highlights On This Day in 1899
On August 15, 1899, Henry Ford resigned from Edison Illuminating Company to focus on mass automobile production.
At Edison, Ford was on call 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. While Ford’s schedule was hectic at times, his unconventional hours gave him time to focus on his dream of building a gasoline-powered vehicle. In 8 years, he worked his way up to chief engineer at Edison and successfully created the Quadricycle, a horseless, gas powered vehicle.
Ford made improvements to each successful vehicle and by 1898, he was awarded his first patent. After creating his third car, Ford left Edison. His third car, with a water tank, brakes and other pioneering features, was the start of mass automobile production. In an effort to keep him, Edison offered a substantial salary of $2,000 a year. Ford declined.
The Ford Motor Company was created in 1903, after Ford’s first unsuccessful automobile company. The Ford Model-T was released in July 1903, and the Ford Motor Company has been releasing affordable vehicles ever since.
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