William Crapo Durant (December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947) was a leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry, who created a system in which a company held multiple marques – each seemingly independent, with different automobile lines – bound under a unified corporate holding company.
Durant, William C. The founder of General Motors, William Crapo Durant was born on December 8, 1861 in Boston, Massachusetts. He dropped out of high school to work at his grandfather’s lumberyard in Flint, Michigan. His grandfather, Henry H. Crapo, was governor of Michigan from 1864-1868. In 1885 Durant married Clara Pitt.
William C. "Billy" Durant ( December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947) The Man Who Invented The Future He was a super salesman—maybe the best that ever lived. He was a marketer extraordinaire, perhaps the most prolific in industrial history.
William C. Durant was an American entrepreneur who co-founded the automobile company 'General Motors Corporation.' He ventured into the vehicle industry through his 'Flint Road Cart Company,’ later renamed the 'Durant-Dort Company,' in Michigan, which eventually became the largest manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles in the country.
William Crapo "Billy" Durant (December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947). General Motors was founded by William "Billy" Durant on September 16, 1908. Durant had become a leading manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles in Flint, MI before making his foray into the automobile industry.
William C. Durant's father was a successful banker and stock speculator, and his maternal grandfather, Henry Howland Crapo, was a lumber and railroad magnate who was Mayor of Flint when Durant was born and later became Governor of Michigan.
- December 8, 1861
- March 18, 1947