The generation of people who launched the U.S. auto industry could largely be considered Civil War baby boomers. Henry Ford, William Durant, Walter Flanders, Alexander Winton, John North Willys, Walter P. Chrysler and many others born in the 1860s and ‘70s generally got their training in the modern and industrialized cities of the late Nineteenth century. To them, Henry Leland, the lean, grizzled Vermonter with a twinkle in his eye, must have seemed like the fogiest of fogies. After all – he’d voted for Lincoln and was rejected for service in the Union Army – and many of the others would go on to see the end of World War II.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2016/11/24/henry-leland