William S. Harley
|William S. Harley|
William Harley, The North Shore Bulletin, Dec 1920
|Born||William Sylvester Harley
December 29, 1880
|Died||September 18, 1943(aged 62)|
|Known for||Co-founder of Harley-Davidson Motor Company|
|Parent(s)||William Harley Sr and Mary Smith|
He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1880, and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1907. He co-founded Harley-Davidson with Arthur Davidson in 1903 and served as chief engineer until his death in 1943.
In 1910 he married Anna Jachthuber, with whom he had two sons and a daughter.
In 2003, a Harley-Davidson statue was unveiled in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, to commemorate the centenary of the famous motorcycle company. William Harley, the father of the company's co-founder William Sylvester Harley, had been born in Victoria Street, Littleport, in 1835, before emigrating to the United States in 1859.
Labor Hall of Fame
Because Harley, Arthur Davidson, William A. Davidson, and Walter Davidson "used and believed in its products and relied on the dedication of its employees to produce quality motorcycles", the four men were inducted into the Labor Hall of Fame.
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