Young Women at the Abraham Lincoln Statue outside the Ford Motor Company Lincoln Plant, 1944

Summary

When Henry Leland established Lincoln Motor Company, with his son Wilfred, in 1917, he named it after the first man for whom he cast a presidential ballot: Abraham Lincoln. Leland named his earlier firm, Cadillac Automobile Company, after the French explorer who founded Detroit. Henry Leland possessed a rare humility -- he founded two successful automakers and named neither after himself.

When Henry Leland established Lincoln Motor Company, with his son Wilfred, in 1917, he named it after the first man for whom he cast a presidential ballot: Abraham Lincoln. Leland named his earlier firm, Cadillac Automobile Company, after the French explorer who founded Detroit. Henry Leland possessed a rare humility -- he founded two successful automakers and named neither after himself.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

29 November 1944

Subject Date

29 November 1944

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.81000

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 10.938 in

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