John Baptiste Ford was born in a log cabin in Danville, Kentucky back in 1811 to Jonathan and Margaret. In 1813, his father left of fight the British forces at New Orleans never to return. At 12 he was apprenticed to a saddlemaker, he ran away at 14 settling in Greenville, Indiana where he remained for the next 30 years.
In 1854, he moved to Albany, New York where he produced steamboats many of which were used by the Union forces. In 1864, he turned his attention to glass making and opened up the New Albany Glass Works producing bottle and jars. In 1880, he moved again to Creighton, Pennsylvania where he continued to produce glass. In 1893, founded a chemical company that supplied soda ash for the production of glass. He died in 1903.
What you may not know about John is that the glass company he started in Creighton was renamed the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company now known as PPG Industries. It is one of the world’s largest producers of glass. He also formed the basis of what would be later known as the Libbey Owens Ford glass Company. Not bad, not bad at all in my opinion, what say you?
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