Serial entrepreneur who made numerous innovations in automobile technology as well as the roadways on which they traveled.
His small bicycle repair shop, opened at 15, led to his first major invention: the Prest-O-Lite acetylene headlights, which he sold to Union Carbide for $9 million.
He developed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the annual 500-mile race, and helped develop the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental road.
His family was residing in Greensburg, Indiana, when he was born.
His Caribbean Club in Key Largo, Florida, became the setting for the film Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.