Ford Motor Company president from 1945 until 1960 and chairman and CEO from 1960 until 1979. He was the grandson of founder Henry Ford.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He took over the company his grandfather started after coming back from World War II.
He was president of the Ford Foundation from 1943 until 1950.
He was married three times. His wives were Anne McDonnell, Maria Cristina Vettore, and Kathleen DuRoss. He had three children named Edsel II, Charlotte and Anne.
His grandfather was asked to run for the Senate by President Woodrow Wilson.