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A Brief History About FORD

The Ford Motor Company was founded in June, 1903.  Success came in 1908 with the launch of the Model T.  While Ford achieved great success in the automotive market, he was the son of a farmer and understood the need and usefulness of applying automotive technology to the process of farming.   He began experimentally working on a tractor in 1907 but the board of directors for the Ford Motor Company, well satisfied with auto sales, were opposed to launching into an unestablished industry.  Despite their opposition, Ford continued.  Henry Ford set up an independent company to build and market the machine.  In 1917, the Henry Ford & Son Corporation was set up for this purpose given a boost by the outbreak of World War 1.  Ford had not invented the tractor, just as he had not invented the car, but he designed and produced a tractor that was affordable and revolutionized the industry. 

The Fordson was revolutionary because it was a smaller design than many of the tractors produced by other companies at the time.  This smaller design made the tractor more affordable and easy to produce. 

Ford assumed sole control of Ford Motor Company in 1920.  It was then, the Henry Ford & Son Company was rolled into the Ford Motor Company.  Henry Ford's son, Edsel, died in 1943 prompting Henry to come back as President of Ford.  He soon stepped aside in favor of his grandson, Henry Ford II, in September 1945.  Henry Ford died in 1947 at the age of 83.  At his death, the handshake agreement between Ford and Ferguson soon collapsed.  Henry Ford II disliked the lack of marketing control over the tractor business (since all marketing and distribution was handled by Ferguson in the original agreement).  Ferguson sued for loss of income and patent violations. 

Ford was one of the early leaders in mass production and the assembly line.   It is a testament to the quality and durability of the machines they produced that many of them are still running and being actively used throughout the world, five decades or more past their production dates.  Though the Ford Motor Company may have sold their tractor division to Fiat Agri in 1993, their legacy and heritage live on.