May 9, 1882 Sprout Brook Montgomery County New York, USA
Aug. 24, 1967 Honolulu Honolulu County Hawaii, USA
Industrialist. A native of Canajoharie, N.Y. He left school at age 13 and became a photographer's apprentice and later bought the business at age 20. In 1907 he worked for a construction company in Spokane, Wash., in 1914 started his own construction company in Vancouver, Canada and began a career of government funded projects, including paving 300 miles of highway in Cuba. In 1931 he organized the combine that was used to build Hoover Dam, he constructed the piers for the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Bridge, the Parker, Bonneville and Grand Coulee Dams, and produced the cement for the Shasta Damn. In 1939 He started building ships in Seattle and Tacoma. In World War II his ship yards in Fontana, Calif. produced some 1,460 Liberty Ships [known as Kaiser's Coffins] with great technical innovation and speed. He founded an aircraft company with Howard Hughes, Kaiser Aluminum, and Kaiser Community Homes Corp. The automobile company he formed with Joseph Frazer in 1945 produced some models but ceased productions in the US in 1954. In 1942 founded the largest American Health maintenance organization now known as Kaiser Permanente. (bio by: Phantomht)
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A truly great American inventor and innovator.Even if you had contributed nothing after your efforts to the armed forces in WWII, your legacy would still be enormous. -
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