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Ransom Eli Olds

On June 3, 1864 one of the early pioneers of the American automotive industry was born. Ransom Eli Olds founded the Oldsmobile and REO brands, using his talents to build his steam car in 1894, followed by his gasoline powered car two years later.
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Frederick and August Duesenberg

Duesenberg family came from Germany to Iowa in 1885. In 1904, brothers Frederick and August Duesenberg founded the company that would become an important part of American automotive history.
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Frederick Smith

Known as one of the founders of Olds Motor Works, Frederic Smith wasn't a typical automotive industry pioneer. The son of a lumber magnate had a good fortune to work with his cousin Ransom E. Olds, a brilliant engineer on his own.
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Harley Earl

In 1937, Harley Earl became the first head of Design at General Motors and the first styling executive in the entire American automobile industry. His skills in the industrial design area made him a pioneer of modern transportation.
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John Mohler Studebaker

In the late 1890s, Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company was the number one carriage producer in the world. When the age of the automobile came, John Mohler Studebaker helped the successful transition to gasoline powered vehicles.
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Jonathan Maxwell

Using his years of experience, Jonathan Maxwell and Benjamin Briscoe established the Maxwell-Briscoe Company in 1903. When a fire destroyed their main Tarrytown factory, they built the largest car factory in the world.
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Joseph Lowthian Hudson

As the owner of a large department store Hudson was considered to be the wealthiest merchant in Detroit. In 1909, Joseph Hudson invested the majority of capital for the new car manufacturer company led by Roy D. Chapin.
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Roy Dikeman Chapin

There is one of the great American automotive pioneers that had never named a company after his own name. Roy D. Chapin was a modest person who deserves a far greater place in the automobile history books.
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