CADILLAC WILL AID U.S. WAR EFFORT
Detroit, Michigan (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 18, 1917, the founder of the Cadillac Motor Company, Henry M. Leland*, and son Wilfred C. Leland withdrew from the automobile manufacturing business to offer their services to the war effort.
The senior Leland achieved world-wide recognition for the development of gasoline engines. He first manufactured one-cylinder engines and then expanded to two, four and eight-cylinder machines.
*Henry Martyn Leland (1843-1932) was born in Vermont & learned engineering & machinery in Providence, R.I. He founded Cadillac Motor Company but sold out to General Motors in 1909. HML was a GM executive until 1917. He left GM to found Lincoln Motor Company & eventually sold it to Ford.
"Motor Genius Now To Aid U.S.", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 19, 1917.