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  1. 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.

  2. Nov 13, 2009 · William Durant creates General Motors. On September 16, 1908, Buick Motor Company head William Crapo Durant spends $2,000 to incorporate General Motors in New Jersey. Durant, a high-school dropout ...

  3. William Crapo Durant (December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947) was a leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry. 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. Nov 02, 2021 · He also owned the Chevrolet Motor Company of Canada Limited and in 1915 the two became General Motors of Canada Limited. In 1886 William C. Durant started the Durant-Dort Carriage Company and by 1903 he had factories in the United States and Canada that provided a variety of components to Buick and and McLaughlin, among others.

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  6. Inducted 1968. Founded General Motors in 1908, transforming the nearly bankrupt Buick Motor Company and several small auto companies into an automotive empire. Established a business prototype still used by many successful motor vehicle companies. William Durant knew what he wanted and wasted no time getting it…even when he couldn’t afford it!

  7. Jan 12, 2013 · William Durant: the General of General Motors. William C. Durant was born on December 8th, 1861 in Boston Mass. He quit high school to begin work in his grandfather’s Flint, Michigan, lumberyard. By 1885 he had partnered with Josiah Dallas Dort to organize the Coldwater Road Cart Company, which would become a leading manufacturer of horse ...

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