Leland, Henry Martyn, 1843-1932

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Born Barton, VT, 1843; gun mechanic during Civil War; designed automobile engines; served on first board of directors and first general manager of Cadillac Automobile Co., 1902; left Cadillac and founded Lincoln Co., 1917.

From the description of Diary, 1913. (Clarke Historical Library). WorldCat record id: 32058281

Henry Leland was co-founder of the Cadillac Motor Car Co. and founder of the Lincoln Motor Co. With his son Wilfred and three others he formed the Leland and Faulconer Co., a manufacturer of machine tools, in Detroit in 1890. They expanded their products to internal combustion engines, manufacturing small boat engines and with an order placed by Ransom Olds, later began manufacturing automobile engines. Leland co-founded the Cadillac Automobile Co. in 1902 and later merged it with Leland and Faulconer to form the Cadillac Motor Car Co. Henry Leland continued as president and Wilfred as vice president of the company after it was sold to General Motors. After resigning from General Motors, they founded the Lincoln Motor Co. in 1917 which first produced airplane engines then turned to automobile production. The company ended up in receivership and was sold to Henry Ford.

From the description of Henry and Wilfred Leland collection, 1910-1953. (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 52206392

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referencedIn Scharchburg, Richard P. Richard Scharchburg's published articles 1964-2000. Kettering University
creatorOf Wheelwright, Lot. Lot Wheelwright and Henry Leland gold mining agreement [manuscript], 1849. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Leland, Henry Martyn, 1843-1932. Henry and Wilfred Leland collection, 1910-1953. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Detroit Trust Company. Lincoln Motor Company receivership records, 1917-1922. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
creatorOf Leland, Henry Martyn, 1843-1932. Diary, 1913. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Roy Dikeman Chapin Papers, 1886-1945, 1910-1936 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Disque, Brice P., 1879-1960. Brice P. Disque papers, 1906-1960. University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Gale, George H. Miscellaneous Western Americana manuscripts, 1838-1917. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Brice P. Disque papers, 1906-1960 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
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associatedWith American Society of Mechanical Engineers. corporateBody
associatedWith Cadillac Motor Car Company corporateBody
associatedWith Chapin, Roy D. (Roy Dikeman), 1880-1936 person
associatedWith Detroit Trust Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Disque, Brice P., 1879-1960. person
associatedWith Ford Motor Company corporateBody
associatedWith General Motors Corporation corporateBody
associatedWith Inyo Chemical Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Leland family. family
associatedWith Leland, Faulconer & Norton Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Leland, Ottilie M. person
associatedWith Leland, Wilfred C., 1869?-1958 person
associatedWith Lincoln Motor Company (Detroit, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Olds, Ransom Eli, 1864-1950. person
associatedWith Scharchburg, Richard P. person
associatedWith Wheelwright, Lot. person
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United States
Internal combustion engines--History
Automobile industry and trade--History
Automobile industry and trade--Mergers
Automobiles--Design and construction--History


Birth 1843-02-16

Death 1932-03-26


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