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      • William C. Durant Biography. William C. Durant. manufacturer. Born: 12/8/1861. Birthplace: Boston, Mass. He quit high school to begin work in his grandfather's Flint, Michigan, lumberyard. By 1885 he had organized the Flint Road Cart Company, which would become a leading manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages.
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  2. William Crapo Durant was born on December 9, 1861 in Boston, to William Clark Durant and Rebecca Folger Crapo. His mother was the daughter of Michigan governor Henry H. Crapo. Durant was quite young when his parents divorced. His father had gone bankrupt by then. Thus, Durant moved to Flint, Michigan, along with his mother.

  3. William Crapo Durant (December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947) was a leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry and co-founder of General Motors and Chevrolet. He created a system in which a company held multiple marques – each seemingly independent, with different automobile lines – bound under a unified corporate holding company.

  4. William Crapo Durant, (born Dec. 8, 1861, Boston—died March 18, 1947, New York City), American industrialist and founder of General Motors Corporation, which later became one of the largest corporations in the world in terms of sales.

  5. The American industrialist William Crapo Durant (1861-1947) was the founder of General Motors, an automobile manufacturing company. William C. Durant was born in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 8, 1861. He grew up in Flint, Mich., where he became a leading carriage manufacturer.

  6. Jun 27, 2018 · The American industrialist William Crapo Durant (1861-1947) was the founder of General Motors, an automobile manufacturing company. William C. Durant was born in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 8, 1861. He grew up in Flint, Mich., where he became a leading carriage manufacturer.

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