Henry Martyn Leland: The king of luxury cars
Henry Leland’s name is unlikely to surface as an answer to the question: Who were the automobile titans who created the great American automobile companies? Ford, Chrysler and Olds would lead the list. If Leland had named his cars in his own image, like Ford, Chrysler or Olds, he would be near the top of the list — he founded Cadillac and Lincoln. The eighth child of a poor farmer who could barely make ends meet, Henry was born in Barton, Vt., in 1843. It was a typical childhood, working on the farm from an early age and attending school during the winter months. Unable to make ends meet on the farm, the family moved to Worcester, Mass., where the American textile industry was beginning to blossom and factory jobs were plentiful. Henry became an apprentice mechanic in 1857.