Area of Achievement: Business & Industry
American automobile manufacturer, born in
Wamego, Kans., and educated in the public schools of Ellis,
Kans. He was a mechanic with various railroads until 1910,
when he joined the American Locomotive Co. He was works manager
of the Buick Motor Co.
(1912-16), president of the company (1916-19),
and vice-president in charge of operations of the General
Motors Corp. (1919-20) into which Buick was incorporated.
He helped in the reorganization and operation of both the
Willys-Overland and Maxwell Motor companies (1920-24).
The Chrysler Corp. was organized in 1925,
with Chrysler as president; he served as chairman of the board
from 1935 until his death. In 1928 Chrysler also acquired
Dodge Brothers, an important manufacturer of automobiles.
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