June 16, 1903 – The paperwork to incorporate Ford Motor Company is signed

At approximately 9:30 am on this day in 1903, in Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford and 12 investors met to sign the paperwork necessary to form a new corporation to be called Ford Motor Company. The documents were notarized and sent to the office of the Michigan Secretary of State. The papers were dated June 16, 1903, however they were not received until the next day, which is when the company was legally incorporated. Within a month, the company had its first order for the company’s new Model A. It had a two-cylinder engine that pumped out 8 horsepower and could hit speeds of up to 30 mph.

Ford Motor Company soon earned a reputation for affordable, reliable, and mass produced automobiles that effectively changed the United States and many other parts of the world throughout the early 20th century. Among the most revolutionary products and procedures of the early FMC are the Model T, which was introduced in 1908 and put the world on wheels, and the moving assembly line for automobile production, which was implemented in Ford’s factories beginning five years later. Then In 1914 Ford began paying factory workers $5 per eight hour work day, an outstanding sum in those days, as it was a bump up from the previous rate of $2.34 for a nine hour day. 

Above: 1903 Ford logo
Top: Henry Ford in a 1903 Ford Model A

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