Henry Ford lived from 1863 through 1947. He invented the Model T automobile. This invention completely revolutionized the world of his day. He mass produced his Model T using the assembly line, making cars affordable to the common person for the first time ever. He also paid his workers very well, which, in the long run, paid off as he was creating his own costumers. That too was a new idea. He also invented other, less famous things, and had 161 U.S. patents to his credit.