Henry Ford (1863-1947) revolutioned the auto industry by introducing assembly-line production methods and mass marketing sales techniques. He had become something of a folk hero by the time Miles wrote this FSC--an image that would be later be tarnished by his antisemitic pronouncements of the 1920s and the strike wars of the 1930s. He had first gained national renown in 1909 with the introduction the Model T, or "Tin Lizzie," which was the first dependable car to sell for less than $500 and which made Ford a champion of working people. At the same time he became popularly recognized as a trust-buster when he refused to join the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers (A.L.A.M.), an industry group which based their licensing procedure on the dubious Selden patent. In 1914 Ford offered factory workers a $5.00 a day minimum wage, almost double the industry average. This move raised Ford to the level of "industrial statesman" and he had his first meeting with President Woodrow Wilson in July, 1914.