In December 1885, Ford met Clara Jane Bryant (1866–1950) at Industry Email List a New Year's Eve party, and they married on April 11, 1888. The couple would have one son, Edsel Bryant Ford (1893–1943). Ford continued to work on the farm, which his father had Industry Email List given him, but his heart was in tinkering. He clearly had a business in mind. Henry Ford enrolled at Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business University in Detroit, where he likely took Industry Email List penmanship, bookkeeping, mechanical drawing, and general business practices. The Road to the Model T Henry Ford in His First Ford Automobile Henry Ford is seated in his first Ford automobile on Grand Boulevard in Detroit in September of 1896.
Getty Images/Bettymann Archive By the Industry Email List early 1890s, Ford was convinced that he could construct a horseless carriage. He didn't know Industry Email List enough about electricity, however, so in September 1891 he took a job with the Edison Illuminating Industry Email List Company in Detroit. After his first and only son, Edsel, was born on November 6, 1893, Ford was promoted to chief engineer. By 1896, Ford had built his first working horseless carriage, which he called a quadricycle. He sold it in order to finance work on an improved model—a delivery wagon. Henry Ford's 1897 patent for a carburetor Henry Ford's 1897 patent for a carburetor Public Domain/US.
Patent and Trademark Office On April 17, 1897, Ford Industry Email List applied for a patent for a carburetor, and on August 5, 1899, the Detroit Automobile Company was formed. Ten days later, Ford quit the Edison Illuminating Company. And on Industry Email List January 12, 1900, the Detroit Automobile Company released the delivery wagon as its Industry Email List first commercial automobile, designed by Henry Ford. Ford Motor Company and the Model T Ford incorporated the Ford Motor Company in 1903, proclaiming, "I will build a car for the great multitude." In October 1908, he did so, as the first Model T rolled off the assembly line.