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  1. William Durant dropped out of school at age 17. Ignoring his family’s expectations for him to become a lawyer, Durant’s first job was piling lumber, and his second job was selling cigars. He alone sold more than three other sales people combined. By age 24, Durant was already a successful businessman in the old lumber town of Flint, Michigan.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Apr 29, 2021 · William C. Durant founded the General Motors Company in 1908, Britannica reports. It was a big deal at the time, as it united several companies under one umbrella. They included Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Oakland (later Pontiac), Ewing, Marquette, Reliance, and Rapid trucks.

  6. Oct 13, 2022 · William Crapo "Billy" 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.

  7. Sep 23, 2018 · Born in late 1861, he was the son of William Clark Durant, a banker who had married into the blueblood Crapo (pronounced CRAY-po) family of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Its progenitor, Peter Crapaud, came to the colonies from France and was shipwrecked off Cape Cod around 1680. The Crapo family made enormous money in shipbuilding and whaling.

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