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Ford family



  • Existence: 1811 (date of birth of John B. Ford) -1967 (date of death of George Ross Ford, Jr.) - 1967


The Ford family was an important force in the American manufacture of plate glass. In 1869, John B. Ford opened the family's first glass factory in New Albany, Indiana. A second factory in Creighton, Pennsylvania grew to become the Pittsburgh Plate Glass. John B. Ford's son, Edward Ford, founded the Edward Ford Plate Glass Company in Rossford, Ohio.

After Edward Ford's death in 1920, George Ross Ford, Sr. took over leadership of the Edward Ford Plate Glass Compan. That company merged with the Libbey–Owens Sheet Glass Company in 1930, forming the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company. Both George Ross Ford, Sr. and his son, George Ross Ford, Jr. served in leadership positions in the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company and in various banks.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Edward Ford Family Papers

Identifier: MS-0186
Scope and Contents The Edward Ford Family Papers, 1907-1947 consist of correspondence, financial records, house construction records, and ephemera. Most items are sorted chronologically, although financial records are in alphabetical order, as the original owner filed them. Family correspondence includes many letters from Edward Ford’s grandson George Ross Ford Jr. to his family from boarding school and from later years of his life, as well as a few letters from George’s teachers to his parents and...
Dates: 1907-1947 ; Majority of material found within 1931-1933