Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1: Edsel Ford

On this date in  History .... 1919:

Edsel Ford, the only child of Henry Ford, takes over the presidency of the Ford Motor Co. after his father resigned the previous December over a dispute with stockholders. 

Edsel had an opposite view of his father’s “any color as long as it’s black” philosophy, and believed Fords could be stylish as well as functional. He convinced his father to buy the Lincoln, a luxury car company, in 1922 and was instrumental in developing some of the elegant cars, including the Lincoln Continental which was described by Frank Lloyd Wright as “the most beautiful car ever made.”

In 1943, Edsel died at the age of 49 of cancer and Henry again became president of Ford, serving until Edsel’s oldest son, Henry Ford II, succeeded his grandfather in 1945.

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