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8 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Ford

Bet you didn't know these great things about the automaker Ford Motor Co.

Henry Ford Worked For Thomas Edison

Before Henry Ford founded Ford, he began his enterprise in the automotive world as an engineer for Thomas Edison. History.com reports on its website that it was while Ford was working for Edison that he built his first gas-powered vehicle, the Quadricycle.

Ford Aviation?

Whether one is from Utah of New York, the phrase “Ford dealer” conjures up images of trucks and the like. However, Henry Ford also made an attempt at aviation. Mental Floss reports on its website that during World War I, the Ford Company began manufacturing airplanes.

Henry Ford for Senate

It isn’t an everyday occurrence for the president of the United States to petition an automotive dealer to run for the senate. But in 1918 former American President Woodrow Wilson did just that. Mental Floss reports on its website that Ford agreed to run for senate, only losing by 4,500 votes. What’s even more impressive is he didn’t put any money toward his campaign.

Military Jeeps

Ford trucks are known to handle rugged off-road terrain in places like Utah. So it comes as no surprise to find that Ford produced jeeps for the military during World War II. NPR reports on its website that it was not until July 1945 that they included jeeps intended for civilian use.

Henry Ford Repaired Watches...with Homemade Tools.

No one would dare contest Henry Ford’s engineering abilities. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Ford had a hobby of repairing watches. What is surprising, Mental Floss reports on its website, is that he did it with tools he fashioned himself.

Jaguar Buy Out

From time to time the Ford Empire buys out other vehicle manufacturers. What many don’t know is that Jaguar happens to be one of them. NPR reports on its website that on Dec. 1, 1989, Ford bought out car dealer Jaguar for $2.5 billion dollars.

Model A Before Model T

The Ford Company’s first automobile that revolutionized the world of industry was the Model T. However, the Model T was in fact not the first vehicle produced by Ford. 10-Facts-About.com reports that it was actually the Model A that came first.

First Natural Gas Powered Taxis

National Public Radio (NPR) reports on its website that on Aug. 21, 1997, Ford sold the first natural gas taxicabs to New York city.

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Mitchell Reber writes for Henry Day Ford. He is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find him on Google+.

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