William C. Durant

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William C. Durant was born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1861 to William and Rebecca. He dropped out of high school to work in his grandfather’s lumberyard. In 1886, he co-founded the Flint Road Cart Company, starting out with a $2,000.00 start-up capital he transformed it into a 2-million-dollar company with sales nationwide.

With his fortune, intact he assumed control of the troubled Buick Motor Company. Under his supervision it became the best-selling automobile in America, outperforming Ford, Cadillac and Oldsmobile. I could go on, but it would take three days, so let’s get to it.

What you may not know about William is that he co-founded a company which you may have heard of General Motors. He also was the founder of another company Frigidaire. He died in 1947, he was 85.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray do you know what $2,000 was worth in the 1800's??? must have been like investing $1 million!!  but impressive ...

Oct 21, 2019 03:02 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Wonder what he would think, "Not Your Father's Buick anymore"!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 21, 2019 04:29 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. If it were not for the Chinese, Buick would be in mothballs. Where is Durant's leadership today. He knew what to do!

Oct 21, 2019 04:32 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Wow what an incredible man. these are some feats.

Oct 21, 2019 05:05 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure made his mark on our nation with those two companies. Have a great week.

Oct 21, 2019 05:11 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... I drove a Buick Regal as a company car for years back in my corporate days... but had no clue about who founded the company.

Oct 21, 2019 06:10 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as I searched back into the recesses of my memory that name seemed familiar and I associated with the automative industry.  I thought there was also a Durant vehicle somewhere in history too but I might be incorrect about that.  Thank you again for the history lesson.  

Oct 21, 2019 06:15 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray -  William C Durant is a name that I instantly recognize.  He was a legacy.

Oct 21, 2019 06:27 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray

When I read the name it sounded familiar but I would not have been able to put it with Buick or GM. 

Oct 21, 2019 06:42 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he was definitely a very wealthy man being that he founded so many profitable companies.

Oct 21, 2019 07:52 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

William sure was proficient when it came to automobiles. He would be amazed at what the companies he founded have accomplished.

Oct 21, 2019 11:20 AM #12
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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What a legacy. I did not know William C. Durant founded both General Motors and Frigidaire.

Oct 21, 2019 12:22 PM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting story about William C Durant...I had no idea as usual.  Happy Monday.  A

Oct 21, 2019 04:23 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- an amazing man with vision and the will to pursue his goals. 

Oct 21, 2019 05:46 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing William's story.  What an incredible man with a great business mind.

Oct 21, 2019 07:08 PM #16
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Yes, I did know that Durant founded G. M. I also know that he built and sold a car called the Durant in the 1920's.

Nov 17, 2019 09:07 AM #17
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