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William Ford, Sr.

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Net worth 2018: $1.35 Billion
Industry: Manufacturing
Country: United States
BirthDay: 2 February 1829
Sigh: Pisces
Died On: 14/08/1909
Children: 4
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Yale University
BIOGRAPHY

William Ford, Sr. was bornon 2 February 1829 in United States. Henry Ford's last surviving grandson died March 9, 2014 at age 88. He shared his father Edsel's flair for design, overseeing the design direction for some of Ford Motor's best-known vehicles for decades, including his pet project, the 1956 Continental Mark II, one of the most iconic cars ever built. He was proud of the family's role in building and sustaining the company through many crises. He cemented the family dynasty by insisting they retain super-voting rights when Ford went public in 1956. His son, Bill Ford Jr., is now executive chairman of Ford Motor. Bill Sr. owned the Detroit Lions for 51 years, but never saw an NFL championship.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2010

$1 Billion

2011

$1.1 Billion

2012

$1.2 Billion

2013

$1.4 Billion

2014

$1.35 Billion

2018

$1.35 Billion

TIMELINE
2019

It is a 19th-century style of building, with a portrait of Stanley inside, as well as pictures of other Norwood notables (Lillie Langtry, H

2016

This pub was closed in 2016 and has re-opened as the Shelverdine Goathouse

2014

" The first 14 carriages were filled with family and dignitaries, whilst the 15th carried the domestic staff from Cumberlow

2009

On Saturday 22 August 2009, a memorial service in his honour was held at his grave in Beckenham Cemetery to mark the centenary of his death

2006

On 23 November 2006, Lady Harris (wife of Philip Harris, Baron Harris of Peckham, founder of the Harris Federation) and David Cameron (at the time, the leader of the Conservative Party and the Leader of the Opposition) placed a time capsule to recognise the contribution of Stanley to South Norwood

1999

The company went into liquidation in July 1999 – the main factors were not investing the proceeds of the sale of the factory land to buying new machinery, the high value of the pound affecting export orders, and the loss of Ministry of Defence orders following the end of the Cold War

1998

On 18 December 1998, the Wetherspoon's pub chain opened The William Stanley on the High Street in South Norwood

1993

In 1993, a blue plaque was installed on a wall of Stanley Halls by English Heritage

1963

In 1963, ownership was transferred to the London Borough of Lambeth and child murderer Mary Bell was housed there for a short time, until the local residents protested and she was removed to Wales

1920

The firm moved out of the factory in the 1920s, with the factory being occupied by a joinery firm until, following a fire, it was converted into residential use in 2000

1916

company continued to expand after Stanley's death, moving to a factory in New Eltham (The Stanley Scientific Instrument Works) in 1916

1913

When his widow died in 1913, she was placed in the tomb beside Stanley

1909

Stanley died on 14 August 1909 of a heart attack, aged 80

1908

Stanley's will was signed on 20 March 1908, and was probated on 26 October 1909

1907

A cast-iron clock tower was erected in South Norwood at the junction of Station Road and the High Street in 1907 to mark the golden wedding anniversary of William and Eliza Stanley, as a measure of the esteem in which they were held in the locality

1903

Stanley Halls (in South Norwood) were opened on 2 February 1903 by Charles Ritchie, 1st Baron Ritchie of Dundee at a cost of £13,000 (as Stanley Public Hall) to provide the local community with a public space for plays, concerts and lectures

1901

Stanley decided in 1901 to build and set up Stanley Technical Trades School, the first of its kind in the country

1900

On 20 April 1900 his company was floated on the stock market, becoming a limited company under the name of William Ford Stanley and Co Ltd

1891

In 1891, three of his oil paintings were exhibited at the Marlborough Gallery and in May 1904, a carved inlaid tray Stanley had made was shown at the Stanley Art Exhibition Club

1890

His 1890 catalogue shows that the company were selling Magic Lanterns, with a variety of slides including such subjects as the Siege of Paris (1870–1871), the travels of Dr Livingstone and Dante's Inferno, as well as improving stories for children such as Mother's Last Words and The Drunkard's Children, while in the catalogue for 1891, Stanley refers to the company having 17 branches, with over 130 workmen

1889

He visited Egypt and Palestine in 1889, and Switzerland in 1893

1885

78 patents are attributed to Stanley (sometimes the number is quoted as 79, as in 1885 a proposed patent application was never followed through) Many of the patents Stanley applied for were improvements on techniques or of other patents

1884

Augustin (1884, to the Royal Meteorological Society), Improvement in Radiation Thermometers (1885, to the Royal Meteorological Society), Three years' work with the chrono-barometer and chrono-thermometer (1886, to the Royal Meteorological Society), The Phonometer (1891, to the Royal Meteorological Society) and Perception of Colour (1893, to the Physical Society of London)

1881

By 1881, Stanley was employing 80 people and producing 3,000 technical items, as detailed in his catalogue

1876

Stanley read many papers to the various societies, including Clocks (1876, to the Royal Meteorological Society), The Mechanical Conditions of Storms, Hurricanes and Cyclones (1882, to the Royal Meteorological Society), Forms of Movements in Fluids (1882, to the Physical Society of London), Integrating Anemometer (1883, to the Royal Meteorological Society), Earth Subsidence and Elevation (1883, to the Physical Society of London), Certain effects which may have been produced from the eruptions of Krakatoa and Mount St

1875

Stanley designed and set up a factory in 1875 or 1876 (called The Stanley Works, it was listed in the 1876 Croydon Directories as Stanley Mathematical Instruments) in Belgrave Road near Norwood Junction railway station, which produced a variety of instruments for civil, military, and mining engineers, prospectors and explorers, architects, meteorologists and artists, including various Technical drawing tools

1865

From 1865, he worked on improving the elegance and stability of surveying instruments, especially the theodolite, whose construction he simplified

1864

Stanley brought out the first catalogue of his products in 1864

1861

In 1861 he invented a straight line dividing machine for which he won first prize in the 1862 International Exhibition in London

1860

Five years later, the couple moved to Kentish Town, later moving to South Norwood in the mid-1860s

1859

A cousin, Henry Robinson, joined him with a capital of £150, but died in 1859

1857

On 2 February 1857 (Stanley's 28th birthday), he married Eliza Ann Savory

1855

Stanley produced a 'Panoptic Stereoscope' in 1855, which was financially successful

1854

Stanley acted upon a remark made by his father in 1854 about the high cost and poor quality of English drawing instruments compared to those imported from France and Switzerland, and started a business making mathematical and drawing instruments

1849

He joined his father in 1849 at an engineering works at Whitechapel, working as a Pattern Maker's Improver where he invented the steel wheel spider-spokes

1843

In 1843, at the age of 14, Stanley's father insisted that he leave school and help him in his trade

1829

STANLEY (1829–1909) Inventor, Manufacturer and Philanthropist, founded and designed these halls and technical school

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