James Ward Packard


James Ward Packard Famous memorial

Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Mar 1928 (aged 64)
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 2, Lot 119
Memorial ID 784 View Source

Automotive Manufacturer. He was regarded as one of the finest auto engineering industrialist and was the founder of the Packard Motor Car Company. Before building his first automobile in 1899, he successfully operated his own business, Packard Electric, in Warren, Ohio. In 1900, he applied for a patent for a new innovative car design, which included a flexible shaft drive that could be used in place of the chain drive and the Packard Motor Car Company, was formed in 1902. Together with his brother William Doud Packard, they went on to pioneer early automotive history with many industry standards still in use to date. Following the company relocation to Detroit, Michigan, in 1903, General Motors acquired the other Packard company, Packard Electric in 1932. The company manufactured thousands of vehicles, merged with the Studebaker Corporation n 1954 and the last production line Packard was made in 1958. The Delphi Packard Electric Systems Company spun off and became independent of General Motors in 1999. Packard died at age 64 in Cleveland, Ohio and is member of the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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Directions to James' monument: drive through the Niles Rd SE entrance and bear right at the fork. Stay to the left and occasionally check left until a flagpole and flags come into view. James' twin-column monument is close, at the next left turn.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 784
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Ward Packard (5 Nov 1863–20 Mar 1928), Find a Grave Memorial ID 784, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .