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Ford, William Clay

Ford, William Clay


William Clay Ford was born March 14, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Edsel and Eleanor Ford and grandson of Henry and Clara Ford. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1949 after graduating from Yale University. He served in various capacities at the company before being promoted in 1952 to manager of Special Product Operations, later known as the Continental Division. In 1955, William Clay Ford was named group director of both Lincoln and Continental Divisions. In 1956, Continental Division was integrated into Lincoln Division, headed by Ben D. Mills. William Clay Ford was promoted to vice-president of product planning and styling in 1957. He also served on the Board of Directors. His involvement with The Henry Ford began in 1951 where he served in various capacities, including Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He retired in 2005. (Adapted William Clay Ford Edison Institute records finding aid.)

Collection contains 4 cassettes, 2 WAV files, 2 MP3 files, 1 diskette, and 1 bound transcript. Uploaded July 23, 2021.

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Finding aids with "Ford, William Clay, 1925-" as subject
William Clay Ford: A Tribute
William Clay Ford Edison Institute Records, 1950-1981
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