CHAPTER 405

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENNIAL OF THE BIRTH OF HENRY FORD, FOUNDER OF THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY, AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIS PROFOUND AND LASTING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS NATION'S SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL PROGRESS.

WHEREAS, the members of the 122nd General Assembly of the State of Delaware have learned that as Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, the company he founded is, throughout this year, celebrating the centennial of his birth; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Ford effectively put the world on wheels by bringing to realization his dream of building "a motor car for the great multitudes", the storied Model T, thereby freeing the farmer from his isolation, bringing closer together the most distant parts of the country and giving unprecedented mobility to the American people; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Ford, as father of the moving assembly line, showed the way to mass production techniques which have enabled this nation to become the most productive nation in the history of the world and which have raised the living standards of the American people by making available to all a rich variety of useful and time-saving products; and

WHEREAS, by his introduction of the $5-a-day wage and the 8-hour day, Mr. Ford enabled employees to become customers for the products that industry manufactures, thus creating mass markets and, more importantly, starting a peaceful social revolution that has resulted in the American worker's achieving a stature and standard of living unequaled throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, the company that Mr. Ford founded continues to contribute to the economy of this country;

THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the members of the 122nd General Assembly of the State of Delaware adopt this tribute to the memory of Henry Ford in recognition of his enduring contributions to the social, economic and cultural values of our times; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a properly authenticated copy of this resolution be sent to Mr. Henry Ford, II, grandson of Mr. Ford and present Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company, as a message of congratulations to the company on the centennial of the birth of its founder.

Approved April 16, 1963.