William Durant

William Crapo Durant (1861 - 1947)

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William Crapo "Billy" Durant
Born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Husband of — married in Genesee, Michigan, USAmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in New York, United Statesmap
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"William Crapo "Billy" Durant (December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947) was a leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry, who created the system of multi-brand holding companies with different lines of cars; and the co-founder of General Motors with Frederic L. Smith, and of Chevrolet with Louis Chevrolet. He also founded Frigidaire

With Buick as a base, Durant envisioned creating a large automobile company that would manufacture several makes and control subsidiary component-making companies, much as Durant-Dort had done in the carriage-making world.[6] Durant founded General Motors Holding Company on September 16, 1908 and exchanged a large parcel of Buick stock for a matching parcel of McLaughlin stock making McLaughlin one of General Motors' biggest shareholders.[6] In 1909 Durant's GM bought Cadillac and Oldsmobile and Oakland Motor Car, later called Pontiac, and many parts-manufacturing companies, paint and varnish companies, axle and wheel companies, etc., and merged them with GM" (wikipedia).


  • Roberts, Gary Boyd, "#55 Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources: Notable Descendants of Henry and Margaret (----) Howland of . . .", (accessed 10/29/2014), New England Historic Genealogical Society (Online Database).

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