Wills, C. Harold (Childe Harold), 1878-1940.

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C. Harold Wills was an early associate of Henry Ford having worked with him as a draftsman prior to the 1903 founding of the Ford Motor Company. He remained with Ford until 1919 designing cars, experimenting with new steel alloys and contributing much of the expertise that made Ford's mass production methods possible. After leaving Ford, along with another former Ford employee, John R. Lee, he formed the Marysville Land Company and founded the city of Marysville. There he formed his own automobile manufacturing company (the C. H. Wills Co., later Wills Sainte Claire, Inc.) and developed a planned community for its employees. 1933 he joined Chrysler Corporation as chief metallurgist and consultant where he worked until he died in 1940.

From the description of C. Harold Wills papers, 1899-1939. (The Henry Ford). WorldCat record id: 716335839

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referencedIn Lewis, David Lanier, 1927-. David Lanier Lewis papers, 1940-2003. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
creatorOf Wills, C. Harold (Childe Harold), 1878-1940. C. Harold Wills papers, 1899-1939. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
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associatedWith C. H. Wills Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hornsey, John. person
associatedWith Lee, John R. person
associatedWith Lewis, David Lanier, 1927- person
associatedWith Marysville Land Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Wills Sainte Claire, Inc. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Marysville (Mich.)
Automobiles--Design and construction
Automobile industry and trade
Industrial designers
Mechanical engineers


Birth 1878

Death 1940

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