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  2. William C. Durant - Wikipedia

    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.

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  3. William Crapo Durant | American industrialist | Britannica

    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.

  4. William Crapo Durant Biography - Facts, Childhood, Family ...

    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.

  5. William Crapo Durant |

    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. In 1886 he organized the Durant-Dort Company and helped to make Flint the carriage capital of the nation.

  6. Durant, William C. | Detroit Historical Society

    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. The two had a daughter, Margery, but were divorced in 1900.

  7. William Durant creates General Motors - HISTORY

    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...

  8. 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.


    William C. "Billy" durant. He was a super salesman—maybe the best that ever lived. He was a marketer extraordinaire, perhaps the most prolific in industrial history. He was a genius with organizational development, a master talent scout, and most of all, he was a brilliant alchemist, turning wood and steel into dollars and cents, and neighborhoods, and roads, and largely creating the 21st century in a myriad of ways.

  10. William Crapo Durant | Hemmings

    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.

  11. General Motors | Detroit Historical Society

    William C. Durant founded General Motors in 1908. Originally intended as a holding company for the Buick Car Company, within two years Durant brought some of the biggest names in the automotive industry, including Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Oakland (later known as Pontiac) and the predecessors of GMC Truck.