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Ford for President

Ford for President

“Ford for President.” Life Publishing Company, c. 1916–1923. Ink & Non-repo Pencil Drawing, 14 x 10 in.

While Henry Ford is best known for founding the Ford Motor Company, introducing the Model T automobile, and developing the assembly line, this cartoon refers to the industrialist’s less well-known role in politics. Between 1916 and 1924, there was strong grassroots support for Ford as a candidate for president. At the time, Ford was associated with pacifism and known for giving his workers a salary more than twice what most other companies offered. Today, it is hard to imagine Ford as a popular candidate for president, since he is often associated with anti-Semitism and resistance to unionization.