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Clara Jane Bryant Ford
Birth: Apr. 11, 1866
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Sep. 29, 1950
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA

Businesswoman. The wife of Industrialist Henry Ford I, she was born in Greenfield Township, Michigan. She married Henry Ford on April 11, 1888, in her parent's home, and in November 1893, their only child Edsel was born. Mr. Ford related, "I called her 'the Believer'," because Mrs. Ford was the only one who believed in his idea of a Motor Carriage". On December 25, 1915, Clara Ford moved into their 15th and final home with her son Edsel, called Fair Lane, while Mr. Ford didn't arrive until January 1916, due to coming back from his Peace Ship Excursion from Europe. The Fair Lane Mansion had 56 rooms with a Bowling Alley, Billiard Room and Pool, all made to keep their son Edsel from drinking and smoking, of which they did not approve. In 1941, with the strikes of the United Auto Workers shutting down Ford Plants, Mrs. Ford put her foot down and told Mr. Ford, "I am leaving you after fifty years, if you do not support our son Edsel, and sign off on the Union Contracts." Mr. Ford relented and Ford Motor Company signed one of the most generous contracts ever given by an auto company. Mr. Ford stated, "Well, what could I do." When their grandchildren stayed over, it happened every weekend that they came. Including enjoying her grandchildren, she had prized Roses, which were featured in a 1930s magazine. She died on September 29, 1950 at Henry Ford Hospital. Facts from the Henry Ford Estate Manual (1996) and Clara Mrs.Henry Ford by Ford Bryan (2001) (bio by: Joel Hurley) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)*
 
 Children:
  Edsel Bryant Ford (1893 - 1943)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ford Cemetery
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Joel Hurley
Record added: Mar 15, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8513421
Clara Jane <i>Bryant</i> Ford
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Clara Jane <i>Bryant</i> Ford
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