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John Francis Dodge
Birth: Oct. 25, 1864
Berrien County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jan. 14, 1920
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Automobile Pioneer and Manufacturer. He, along with his younger brother Horace Elgin Dodge, founded the successful automobile firm Dodge Brothers Company. Born the third of four children in Niles, Michigan his father owned a foundry and machine shop. In 1886 he and his brother moved to Detroit, Michigan where they took jobs at a boilermaker plant. In 1894 they went to work as machinists at the Canadian Typograph Company across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario. He was the sales oriented managerial type while his brother was a gifted mechanic and inveterate tinkerer. In 1897, using a dirt-proof ball bearing that his brother had invented, he arranged a deal for them to join with a third party investor to manufacture bicycles. Within a few years they sold the business and in 1901 used the proceeds of the sale to set up their own machine shop in Detroit. During their first year in business they began making parts for the automobile industry. In 1902 they won a contract to build transmissions for the Olds (Oldsmobile) Motor Vehicle Company upon which they built a solid reputation for quality and service. However, the following year they turned down a second contract from Olds in order to retool their plant to build engines for Henry Ford in a deal that included a share position in the new Ford Motor Company. From 1903 until 1913 their business was a Ford Motor Company supplier, and he worked as vice president of the Ford company. By 1910 he and his brother were so successful they built a new plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. In 1913 Dodge Brothers Company terminated their Ford contract and he left Ford and they devoted their energies toward producing a Dodge automobile. They began building motor trucks, ambulances and other vehicles for the US military during the arms buildup for World War I and in October 1917 they produced their first commercial car. At the end of World War I, their company manufactured and marketed both cars and trucks. A speedboat and yachting enthusiast, his keen interest in the vessel's engines led him to establish a marine division as part of their automotive business. In 1919 Henry Ford bought out the Dodge brothers' shareholdings in Ford Motor Company for $25 million. The following year he died of complications from the Spanish flu at the age of 55. In 1928 Dodge Brothers was purchased by the fledgling Chrysler Corporation for $170 million. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Family links: 
  Daniel Rugg Dodge (1819 - 1897)
  Maria Duval Casto Dodge (1823 - 1906)
  Ivy Hawkins Dodge (1864 - 1901)*
  Matilda Rausch Wilson (1883 - 1967)*
  Winifred Dodge Seyburn (1894 - 1980)*
  Isabel Cleves Dodge Sloane (1897 - 1962)*
  John Duval Dodge (1898 - 1942)*
  Frances Dodge Van Lennep (1914 - 1971)*
  Daniel George Dodge (1917 - 1938)*
  Anna Margaret Dodge (1919 - 1924)*
  Charles Frontier Dodge (1855 - 1926)*
  Charles Frontier Dodge (1855 - 1926)**
  Laura Belle Dodge Stineback (1856 - 1915)**
  John Francis Dodge (1864 - 1920)
  Horace Elgin Dodge (1868 - 1920)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section 10, Lot 5, Section 10, Grave 1
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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