Alexander Winton

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Alexander Winton
Alexander Winton.jpg
Born (1860-06-20)June 20, 1860
Grangemouth, Scotland
Died June 21, 1932(1932-06-21) (aged 72)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality Scottish, American
Awards Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Alexander Winton (June 20, 1860 - June 21, 1932) was an automobile designer and racer.

Life[edit]

He was born in Grangemouth, Scotland. In 1879, He immigrated to the U.S. In 1891, he founded Winton Bicycle Co., and in 1897 he founded the Winton Motor Carriage Company. His cars were custom made; in 1898 he sold a car for $1000.[1] In 1901, Henry Ford defeated him at a race at Grosse Pointe, Michigan.[2]

Family[edit]

Winton at the 1903 Gordon Bennett trophy race in Ath, Ireland

He married Jeanie Muir McGlashan (died 1903) in 1883; they had six children:

  • Helen F.,
  • James M.,
  • Agnes M.,
  • Jeanie,
  • Cathrine,
  • Alexander.

He married LaBelle McGlashan (died 1924) in 1906; they had two children:

  • LaBelle,
  • Clarice.

He married Marion Campbell in 1927 and divorced in 1930; and in 1930, he married Mary Ellen Avery.[3] His mother was Margaret Peddie.[citation needed]

Legacy[edit]

Alexander Winton, in Cleveland, Ohio invented the worlds first semi-truck in 1898 and sold his first manufactured semi-truck in 1899[2] He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame,[4] and Inventor's Hall of Fame.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Famous But Forgotten - Home". Wintonhistory.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:WINTON, ALEXANDER". Ech.case.edu. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Alexander Winton". Automotive Hall of Fame. 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 

Sources[edit]

  • Thomas F. Saal, Bernard J. Golias Famous But Forgotten: The Story of Alexander Winton, Automotive Pioneer and Industrialist, Golias Pub., 1997, ISBN 9780965378512

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