Henry Ford died 75 years ago today

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American inventor and industrialist, Henry Ford poses in the driving seat of his first car, the Quadricycle, in New York City, in 1910.

American inventor and industrialist, Henry Ford poses in the driving seat of his first car, the Quadricycle, in New York City, in 1910.

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Across the street from a gas station and next to a bus stop doesn't exactly sound like the most peaceful resting place, nonetheless, this is where one of the world's most famous and influential businessmen lies next to his wife in a small family cemetery.

Sealed in what's referred to as a mort safe, Henry Ford is interred beneath a cast iron grate just off of Detroit's Joy Road which in some ways is fitting as the many automobiles driving past him more than likely bear his name.

Ford died 75 years ago today, April 7, 1947, and in the more than half a century since his passing his legacy, the Ford Motor Company continues as a thriving industry leader.

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It all began with the Model T and from there the automobile industry was truly born — not to mention business practices that were implemented and became routine. Ford's vision and outlook made way for the Model A, the F-Series, the Lincoln Continental, the Thunderbird, Mustang, Explorer and many, many more.

Ford changed industry production when he established the assembly line — which is still in use to this day. And it may have turned some heads at the time, but today the five-day 40-hour workweek is pretty standard, yet in the few years before the Great Depression, Ford implemented it for his workers. It wasn't long before unions and other companies adopted the same approach.

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But there were many trials and errors within the Ford endeavor. Notably, the Edsel division, according to Time, which debuted in 1957, is a model that is sought after by car collectors, enthusiasts and historians alike. Less than 120,000 were produced, according to the Edsel Owner Club. The division was named after Ford's son, Edsel, who became president of the Ford Motor Company, but sadly preceded his father in death.

Although it didn't stop a group of doo-wop singers from taking the name and putting out a hit that would become an ultimate classic of the era.

The American car industry has certainly provided several competitors for Ford. The divisions of General Motors, such as Chevrolet and Buick continue to roll cars off their assembly lines, and Chrysler developed a name for itself by producing luxury cars — yet for every other American model there has been a Ford to counteract it. 

Henry Ford is often credited for being an inspiration for his era, for his industry and businessmen and businesswomen, so it's no surprise that his words continue to be a catalyst to success. 

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently," he once said. While some of his most treasured words are, "Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right."