March 20, 1928 – James Packard dies

Born in Warren, Ohio on November 5, 1863, James Ward Packard would attend Lehigh University and in 1890 he would found Packard Electric Company with his brother William. In 1893 the brothers formed a partnership with George L. Weiss, who also invested in Winton Motor Carriage Company, leading to the release of the first Packard automobile in 1899. In 1900, the company incorporated as the Ohio Automobile Company and was renamed Packard Motor Car Company in 1902. Following James Packard’s death on this day in 1928 Packard Electric Company was acquired by GM, as it had been focused on building auto electric systems since 1903. The high end automaker merged with Studebaker Corporation in 1954 to form American Motor Car Company and the last Packard was made in 1958. James Ward Packard1916 Packard Twin-Six Touring 1-35. By Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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