The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

Edsel Ford

Edsel became involved in his father's company at an early age. Many after-school hours were spent at Ford Motor Company stamping letters, delivering memos and performing other tasks. Following high school, Henry gave Edsel an office next to his at the Highland Park, Michigan plant.

By the time he was appointed president of Ford Motor Company in 1919 at the age of 25, Edsel had already established himself as a person worthy of respect and was considered a fine executive. While his father was interested in the mechanical aspects of building cars, Edsel exhibited his penchant for art by designing cars that have been widely regarded as displaying the finest in automotive styling. Perhaps Edsel's greatest design accomplishment was the Lincoln Continental Cabriolet, said to be, "The most admired and beautiful car ever produced in America." (visit the garage exhibit, "Edsel Ford's Dream Car -- the Lincoln Continental," for more information on Edsel Ford as an automotive designer.)