William Crapo Durant: GM’s genius
Rising fuel prices has U.S. automakers scrambling as Americans move into fuel-efficient cars and away from gas-guzzling SUVs. Among the hardest hit is General Motors, the world's largest automaker, reeling from losses in the billions. Perhaps more than ever GM needs the vision of its legendary founder, William Crapo Durant. Unfortunately for GM, he died in 1947, and his resurrection is not imminent. Durant was born in 1861 in Boston, MA. His father, William, was a ne’er-do-well who married Rebecca Crapo, daughter of Michigan’s former governor. A weak and unreliable man, William spent money faster than his wife’s family could replenish it. Finally, Rebecca did the unthinkable for her time—she divorced him in 1869, taking her two children to Flint, MI.