William Crapo "Billy" Durant 1861-1947

William Crapo "Billy" Durant 1861-1947 (HM1YIK)

Location: Lansing, MI 48933 Ingham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 44.153', W 84° 33.124'

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Unlike most automotive pioneers, Flint's William Durant was not an inventor. Co-owner of the nation's largest horse-drawn carriage company, he was a super salesman who saw the sales and marketing potential of the automobile.
Impressed with a 1904 Buick, Durant reorganized the company. In 1908 he incorporated General Motors, which was capitalized at $2,000. Within the first two years, Durant brought more than 30 firms into GM, including Buick, Cadillac, Oakland (Pontiac), Oldsmobile and the predecessors of the AC Spark Plug and GMC Truck. Forced out of GM, Durant formed Chevrolet and other companies. After gaining and losing control of GM again, he created Durant Motors, which had factories in Flint and Lansing.
Year Placed2007
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Date Added Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 700384 N 4734391
Decimal Degrees42.73588333, -84.55206667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 44.153', W 84° 33.124'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 44' 9.18" N, 84° 33' 7.44" W
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Area Code(s)517, 989
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 E Ionia St, Lansing MI 48933, US
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