Billy Durant

William A. Paterson, whose carriage company had helped Durant and Dort build their first road carts back in 1886, was now assembling Paterson automobiles. Albert Champion was manufacturing spark plugs. Charles Stewart Mott was building ...

Author: Lawrence R. Gustin

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472033027

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 305

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A new edition of the classic book on the flamboyant genius who helped lead America into the automobile age

Alfred P Sloan

1 THE FABULOUS BILLY DURANT * John B. Rae Source : Business History Review 32 ( 3 ) , 1958 : 255-71 . It is just fifty years since William Crapo Durant founded General Motors . It is just about half that since Durant's automotive career ...

Author: John Cunningham Wood

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415248299

Category: Industrial management

Page: 480

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This two-volume collection looks at the life and work of Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr. (1875-1966), chief executive of General Motors from 1923 to 1946, whose unique and ahead-of-its-time management style left an indelible mark on business and management studies.Also featuring an extensive bibliography, this set will prove valuable to business students and researchers alike.

Billy Alfred and General Motors

Billy Durant clipped this article and one other regarding the Lelands' charges and kept them with his personal papers, now in the Durant Collection, Scharchburg Archives, Kettering University. 7. All four telegrams from William C.

Author: William PELFREY

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 9780814429617

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 313

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One industry has had more impact on life in America than any other before or since. Here is the story of two men and one company at the start of it all. You couldn’t find two more different men. Billy Durant was the consummate salesman, a brilliant wheeler-dealer with grand plans, unflappable energy, and a fondness for the high life. Alfred Sloan was the intellectual, an expert in business strategy and management, master of all things organizational. Together, this odd couple built perhaps the most successful enterprise in U.S. history, General Motors, and with it an industry that has come to define modern life throughout the world. Their story is full of timeless lessons, cautionary tales, and inspiration for business leaders and history buffs alike. Billy, Alfred, and General Motors is the tale not just of the two extraordinary men of its title but also of the formative decades of twentieth-century America, through two world wars and sea changes in business, industry, politics, and culture. The book includes vivid, warts-and-all portraits of the legends of the golden age of the automobile, from “Crazy” Henry Ford, Ransom Olds, and Charles Nash to the brilliant but uncredited David Dunbar Buick and Cadillac founder Henry Leland. The impact of Durant and Sloan on their contemporaries and their industry is matched only by the powerful legacy of their improbable and incredible partnership. Characters, events, and context -- all are brought skillfully and passionately to life in this meticulously researched and supremely readable book.


Billy Durant was in Flint attending a gala banquet in his honor at which male guests were offered after-dinner Flint-made cigars with their bands reading "El Capitan de lndustria" from cigar boxes with Billy Durant's picture on the lop ...

Author: Beverly Rae Kimes

Publisher: Automobile Heritage Publishing & Co

ISBN: 9780915038626

Category: Chevrolet automobile

Page: 229

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Durant s Right Hand Man

Billy Durant's father William Clark Durant was born in Lempster, New Hampshire in 1827. He drifted through several jobs without the drive or determination of his future father-in-law. In 1855 Durant was a lowly bank clerk and in Henry ...

Author: Paul Arculus

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781770677838

Category: Automobile industry and trade

Page: 370

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Edwin Campbell was born in rural Ontario, graduated from medical school and settled in Flint where he met Billy Durant and married Durant's daughter Margery. Campbell gave up his medical practice in order to work with Durant in the creation of General Motors. When Durant and Campbell lost control of GM in 1910, Campbell became a founder of the Chevrolet Motor Company which he and Durant built up so that they could use Chevrolet shares to regain control of GM. Campbell's early friendship with Sam McLaughlin as a contributing factor to the creation of General Motors of Canada. Durant became a Wall Street guru and helped Campbell to become immensely wealthy. The Campbells moved to New York and became immersed in the social life of the city. After their divorce in 1919 Margery wound her way through a number of well publicized affairs and marriages. Following Campbell's death in 1929, Durant's life began slow spiral into ill health and eventual poverty. Margery was introduced to her fourth husband by her friend Amelia Earhart. This biography takes the reader through the intrigue of the automotive history of the early twentieth century, as well as the social history of the period.

Storied Independent Automakers

Gustin , Billy Durant , 17-25 , 38-39 , 41 . 14. Frank Rodolf , " An Industrial History of Flint , " unpublished book manuscript ( 1949 ) , 78 ; Gustin , Billy Durant , 45 , 49 ; Flint Journal , 9 June 1898. The Rodolf manuscript is in ...

Author: Charles K. Hyde

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814334466

Category: American Motors automobiles

Page: 332

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Explores the business history of three major independent American automakers-Nash Motor Company, the Hudson Motor Car Company, and the American Motors Company-that faced fierce competition from the "Big Three."

American Inventors Entrepreneurs and Business Visionaries Revised Edition

Further Information Gustin, Lawrence R. Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012. Madsen, Axel. The Deal Maker: How William C. Durant Made General Motors. New York: Chichester, Wiley, 2001.

Author: Charles Carey Jr.

Publisher: Infobase Holdings, Inc

ISBN: 9781438182148

Category: History

Page: 578

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Praise for the previous edition: "This fun-to-read source will add spice for economics and business classes..."—American Reference Books Annual "...worthy of inclusion in reference collections of public, academic, and high-school libraries. Its content is wide-ranging and its entries provide interesting reading."—Booklist "A concise introduction to American inventors and entrepreneurs, recommended for academic and public libraries."—Choice American Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Business Visionaries, Revised Edition profiles more than 300 important Americans from colonial times to the present. Featuring such inventors and entrepreneurs as Thomas Edison and Madame C. J. Walker, this revised resource provides in-depth information on robber barons and their counterparts as well as visionaries such as Bill Gates. Coverage includes: Jeffrey Bezos Michael Bloomberg Sergey Brin and Larry Page Michael Dell Steve Jobs Estée Lauder T. Boone Pickens Russell Simmons Oprah Winfrey Mark Zuckerberg.

Eddie Rickenbacker

At that time she had been the wife of racing driver Russell Clifford ( " Cliff " ) Durant , son of General Motors founder William C. ( " Billy " ) Durant.36 Adelaide grew up in Grand Rapids , Michigan , where her father , Stoel Meech ...

Author: W. David Lewis

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801882443

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 734

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David Lewis has written the definitive biography of America's ace of aces.

Everybody Ought to Be Rich

... Billy Durant. At the same time, though, Raskob gradually came to understand that Billy, though a lovable, charming, ... General Motors was the brainchild of William Crapo Durant, known to his legion of friends and admirers as Billy.

Author: David Farber

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199911622

Category: History

Page: 400

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Today, consumer credit, employee stock options, and citizen investment in the stock market are taken for granted--fundamental facts of American economic life. But few people realize that they were first widely promoted by John Jakob Raskob (1879-1950), the innovative financier and self-made businessman who built the Empire State building, made millions for DuPont and General Motors, and helped shape the contours of modern capitalism. David Farber's Everybody Ought to Be Rich is the first biography of Raskob, a man who shunned the limelight (he was the anti-Trump of his time) but whose impact on free market enterprise can hardly be overstated. A colorful figure, Raskob's life evokes the roaring twenties, the Catholic elite, the boardrooms of America's biggest corporations, and the rags-to-riches tale that is central to the American dream. Farber follows Raskob's remarkable trajectory from a teenage candy seller on the railway between Lockport and Buffalo to the pinnacles of wealth and power. With no formal education but possessed of a boundless energy and an unshakeable faith in individual initiative (his motto was "Go ahead and do something!"), Raskob partnered with great industrialists and financiers, buying up companies, leveraging investments, reorganizing corporations, funneling money into the political system, and creating new pools of credit for rich investors and middle class consumers alike--practices commonplace today but revolutionary at the time. His most famous innovation was mass consumer credit, which he offered to individual car buyers, enabling working and middle-class Americans to purchase GM's more expensive cars. Raskob desperately wanted to bridge class divides and to share the wealth American corporations were fast creating--so that everyone could be rich. Chronicling Raskob's short-comings as well as his successes, Everybody Ought to Be Rich illuminates a crucial but little-known figure in American capitalism whose influence can still be felt today.

Contemporary Auditing

... analyst for the automotive industry, September 1990 The Great Depression dealt a devastating blow to Billy Durant. During the depths of the Depression in 1936, Durant, a high school dropout who was born a few months after the ...

Author: Michael C. Knapp

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781337514811

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 592

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Knapp’s CONTEMPORARY AUDITING, 11E prepares readers for the challenging responsibilities faced in the public accounting profession. This casebook stresses the people aspect of independent audits. Readers learn how to avoid audit failures most often due to client personnel who intentionally subvert an audit or auditors who fail to carry out their responsibilities. A detailed review of problem audits helps readers recognize the red flags common to failed audits. Discussing and dissecting these challenges prepares readers to handle potential problematic situations in their own professional careers. Readers also acquire a higher-level understanding of auditing standards, ethical principles, audit procedures, and other issues related to independent auditing. By studying these topics in a real-world context, readers achieve a more in-depth, intuitive comprehension of auditing fundamentals, which translates into improved performance on the CPA exam and other professional examinations. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.