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Some of the great events in Durant’s life were a result his singular talent and control, while others were the result of actions taken by his adversaries and competitors.
Durant recognized the importance of the valve-in-head engine of the Buick and he bought the company.
Durant and his wife then moved to New York, where they lived in relative obscurity thanks to the financial generosity of four of his long-time associates, but not GM.
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 William C. Durant   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
William Crapo "Billy" Durant (December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947) was a leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry, creating the system of multi-brand holding companies with different lines of cars.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he was the grandson of Michigan governor, Henry H. Crapo, William was a high school dropout, yet had become a leading manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles by 1890, based in Flint, Michigan.
In the 1920s, Durant became a major "player" on Wall Street and on Black Tuesday joined with members of the Rockefeller family and other financial giants to buy large quantities of stocks in order to demonstrate to the public their confidence in the stock market.
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 William C. Durant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William Durant, better known as Billy Durant, at an early auto outing before the organization of General Motors.
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 who created the system of multi-brand holding companies with different lines of cars.
William was a high school dropout, yet had become a leading manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles by 1890, based in Flint, Michigan.
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 The rise and fall of Billy Durant - General Motors Corp. founder William C. Durant - U.S. Automotive Centennial - Cover ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
William C. Durant's name is prominently recalled in Michigan historical markers in front of the old Durant-Dort Carriage Co. headquarters (restored a few years ago as a National Historic Landmark) and at Buick Motor Div.
Durant was a giant in his accomplishments, his failures, his sense of the dramatic, his ability to attract intensely loyal followers and an almost equal number of critics and enemies.
Durant had a stroke in Flint in 1942 and died in his New York apartment in 1947.
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 William Durant - Biography History
illiam C. Durant was born on December 8th, 1861 in Boston Mass.
Durant became financially overextended and consequently, lost control of GM to banking interests in 1910.
On March 18, 1947, William Durant died in New York City, the same year as Henry Ford, thus, marking the end of a remarkable era in automotive excellence.
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 William Crapo Druant: A Brief Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Durant was smart enough to realize the neccessity of having reliable suppliers so he had the Buick Company by all the raw materials and factories to process them that Buick would need.
Durant had been very close to his mother througout his life and was severly shaken by her death.
Durant was left with few stocks and few possessions except for his house and some land when he filled for bankruptcy on February 8, 1936.
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 Flint Timeline Project-William "Billy" Crapo Durant
In 1904, Billy Durant was approached by James Whiting of the Buick Co. to promote his automobiles.
Durant operated several bowling alleys in Flint near the Buick complex.
Kothe, Robert J. "Wheeling and Dealing:William C. Durant and the 'Flint'," Chronicle:Magazine of the Historical Society of Michigan, Feb. 9,1982.
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 Durant - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
It is the commercial and processing center for an agricultural region where peanuts, cotton, wheat, and oil are produced and cattle are raised.
Durant is the seat of Southeastern Oklahoma State Univ. The ruins of Fort Washita, on nearby Lake Texoma, include 48 buildings.
Durant wants world to know U.S. mission in Somalia a success.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Durant,
Durant, Thomas Clark 1820-85, American railroad builder, chief figure in the construction of the Union Pacific RR, b.
Durant, Henry Fowle, 1822-81, American lawyer and educator, b.
Durant, William James 1885-1981, American historian and essayist, b.
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William Crapo Durant (1861-1947) wrote this letter while en route to Michigan from California, where he had established a contract to promote his pet project, the Flint car.
One of the automotive industry's pioneers, Durant had dreamed of motorcars while building buggies and wagons for his Durant-Dort Carriage Company (founded in1886, it was the country's largest carriage company by 1890).
After founding Durant Motors the following year, Durant produced a number of cars that were targeted to different markets, including the PY, known as the "wonder car" because of its success, particularly in France.
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 How General Motors and Ford Almost Merged
Durant told Briscoe he couldn't come to Chicago, he was too busy; but he would have breakfast with him in the morning if Briscoe could catch the evening train to Flint.
Durant's business record (like that of all the other strong-willed auto industry leaders of the day) indicates a temperament that would never willingly cough up the kind of money and operational control that was the J.P. Morgan and Company policy in underwriting mergers.
Briscoe and Durant led the discussion, and their differing views remain a remarkably accurate summary of the debate over centralized control versus operational independence that is still conducted within large companies and among potential partners every day.
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Durant might have been a moderately successful auto executive who retired from a solidly capitalized Buick with a gold watch and happy memories if he hadn’t been such a gambler.
Madsen tells Durant’s story with an emphasis on boardroom politics, which is appropriate because GM’s founder was the first CEO to come from the finance, rather than the engineering, side of the company.
Durant sat down to write his autobiography when he was in his 80s and deposed from GM for the second time.
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 Michigan Historical Marker: W. C. Durant / Durant-Dort Carriage Company
William Crapo Durant (1861-1947), one of Flint's most important historical figures, was a pioneer in the development of the American auto industry.
Durant's vehicle ventures began in 1886, when with a borrowed $1,500, he bought the rights to build a two-wheeled road cart.
William C. Durant and his business partner, J. Dallas Dort, completed this building in 1896.
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The vaudevillians couldn't decide whether "get out and get under" or "get a horse" represented the utmost in derision as rubes seated on roadside fence rails tossed their taunts at the city slickers who had begun invading the countryside in their snorting devil wagons.
J. Morgan and Co. with a boast that the time would come "when half a million automobiles a year will be running on the roads of this country." Curiously, this raised the hackles of Morgan partner George W. Perkins, the apostle of the "good trust," who promptly left the room.
Durant did not preside at the birth of the automobile.
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The three-minute 64-year-old recording on a five-inch aluminum disc was discovered in the relative's desk by William Durant Radebaugh of Battle Creek, Mich. It displays Durant's enthusiasm and sense of humor.
Durant was a leader in the carriage industry when he took over the tiny Buick Motor Co. in 1904.
Durant lost control of GM to bankers in 1910 but regained control after founding Chevrolet Motor Co. with former Buick race driver Louis Chevrolet in 1911.
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Chevrolet was co-founded by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant.
William Durant, founder of General Motors, had been forced out of GM in 1910 and wanted to use Louis Chevrolet's designs to rebuild his own reputation as a force in the automobile industry.
After the deal was complete in 1917, Durant was president of General Motors, and Chevrolet was merged into GM, becoming a separate division.
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 FlintHistory.com - Flint History Timeline
William C. “Billy” Durant was named to the National Automobile Hall of Fame as one of the nation's ten most important auto pioneers.
William C. Byrd succeeded Raymond Gerkowski as director of the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
Williams was the first elementary building to have its own swimming pool and community health facility wing.
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 Durant — Infoplease.com
William James Durant - Durant, William James, 1885–1981, American historian and essayist, b.
Thomas Clark Durant - Durant, Thomas Clark, 1820–85, American railroad builder, chief figure in the construction of...
William C. Durant - William C. Durant manufacturer Born: 12/8/1861 Birthplace: Boston, Mass.
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 Durant in 1910 — The Flint Journal presents: Journal of the 20th Century
In the first decade of the century, Durant stepped in to take control of the struggling Buick Motor Co. and within a few years had built it into the top-selling brand, then used it as the foundation for General Motors.
Meanwhile, in Durant’s absence at GM, Charles Nash was named president, and Walter P. Chrysler became head of Buick in 1912.
Durant’s strength was in organizing and buying companies; he had trouble running them.
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 Amazon.com: The Deal Maker: How William C. Durant Made General Motors: Books: Axel Madsen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Durant that Madsen reveals is a business visionary truly worth getting to know, the "Great Gatsby of carmaking" who understood the big picture but lacked the personal patience and managerial skills necessary for long-term success.
What set Durant apart from other would-be car czars was that, long before others caught on, he understood that the business was headed toward consolidation, and that to survive he would need access to big money.
Working through a new company he formed, Chevrolet, as well as with allies, Durant was able to win control of GM from the bankers in an unexpected coup.
www.amazon.com /Deal-Maker-William-Durant-General/dp/0471395234   (1494 words)

 Chronological history of Chrysler Corporation, Dodge, and Plymouth - 1920-1939
It, and the protoype Chrysler (considered by the Chrysler group later as the model A), are auctioned off to William C. Durant.
Durant uses the plant for production of his low-priced Star car while the Chrysler is used as a basis for his Flint line.
Faced with heavy bidding from William C. Durant, the Studebaker Corporation, the White Motor Company and others, the committee is forced to pay $10.8 million for the company and its assets.
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 WebCab Library : Technical : Automobile : Leading figures
With William C. Durant he built the first Chevrolet car in 1911.
Durant, William C. Founder of General Motors Corporation.
He was forced out finally in 1920 and founded Durant Motors, Inc., in 1921.
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 The Deal Maker: How William C. Durant Made General Motors, by Axel Madsen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Long before Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch, and Bill Gates, there was William C. Durant (1861—1947), the flamboyant businessman who made deals at warp speed to build General Motors and the automotive industry.
Thriving on the art of the deal, Durant was buying companies at the rate of one every thirty days at the height of his career.
Then, gambling on a run on GM stock, Durant was forced into a buyout, which unseated him from GM, leaving him without the financial wherewithal to ever succeed again.
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 Kettering University - Formerly GMI
The Kettering University/GMI Alumni Foundation Collection of Industrial History was established in 1974 with the acquisition of the William Crapo Durant Collection.
Durant was the founder of General Motors Corporation.
The collection seeks to collect and preserve manuscripts, photographs, printed materials and miscellaneous memorabilia that relate to the development and growth of the automobile and related industries.
www.gmi.edu /acad/histcoll   (168 words)

 Wiley::The Deal Maker: How William C. Durant Made General Motors
With his trademark smile and personal charisma, Durant assembled General Motors in a few short years, buying companies at the rate of one every thirty days.
Durant's deal-making artistry even tempted Henry Ford, and had Durant upped his acquisition price Ford would be a division of GM today.
Durant's story illuminates the conflict between innovation and control of innovation -of the uneasy alliances struck again and again between inventors and their sources of capital.
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 General Motors Building   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Founded in 1908 by William C. Durant, General Motors grew to be a leader in the automobile industry by acquiring Buick, Oldsmobile, Oakland (later named Pontiac), Cadillac, Chevrolet, and several lesser known automobile manufacturers and parts suppliers.
Between 1908 and 1923, General Motors was headquartered in a number of rented offices, first in New York and then in Detroit.
Sloan, who became president after Durant was ousted in 1921, created a decentralized management plan that became a model for much of the rest of American industry.
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 History of the Chevrolet Bowtie
Durant, the bowtie emblem was first seen by her husband in an illustrated Virginia newspaper, while they were vacationing in Hot Springs, Virginia around 1912.
Durant was quoted as recalling, “We were in a suite reading the papers, and he saw this design and said, ‘I think this would be a very good emblem for the Chevrolet’ ” She did not explain how the newspaper used the emblem.
Durant’s account is Lawrence R Gustin, who interviewed Catherine Durant for his book, Billy Durant.
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 1925 Durant Motors Stock - Transport-43
Durant Motors was founded by William C. Durant, (1861-1947).
Durant began his career with a horse-drawn carriage company in 1886.
He was forced out for good in 1920 and founded his own company, Durant Motors, in 1921.
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 William C. Durant — Infoplease.com
The firm was further expanded through the acquisition of Cadillac and Oldsmobile, and vertically integrated through the purchase of parts suppliers.
His last two ventures, Durant Motors and a chain of bowling alleys, were both unsuccessful.
William Davis and the road to completion in Ontario's Catholic high schools, 1971-1985.
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