April 16, 1946 – Arthur Chevrolet hangs himself

Arthur Chevrolet is better known for his racing career than his participation in creating the brand that bears his name. Louis Chevrolet, Arthur’s brother, gets most of the credit for that. Arthur, who participated in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911, suffered major injuries in a 1920  accident while practicing for the Indy 500 that ended his racing career. He continued to dabble in the auto industry with his brother, and even filed for and received a patent for the overhead valve engine. The brothers founded Chevrolet Brothers Aircraft Company in 1929, but it proved unsuccessful. On this day in 1946 Arthur hung himself following severe issues with depression. His final resting place is now in question. It was believed he was buried next to his brother, but an investigation found those remains to be those of his son, who died 15 years prior.

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