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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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.
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, had made his fortune building...
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.
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 ...
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.
William Crapo "Billy" Durant (December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947) was a leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry, the founder of General Motors and Chevrolet who created the system of multi-brand holding companies with different lines of cars.
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.
William Crapo Durant. Birth. 8 Dec 1861. Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. Death. 18 Mar 1947 (aged 85) Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA. Burial. Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mr. Durant's career often is linked with the words roller coaster. He lost control of GM to bankers in 1910, so he created another company with one of his former Buick race drivers, Louis Chevrolet.