Roy D. Chapin: The Man Behind the Hudson Motor Car Company

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"John Cuthbert Long’s Roy D. Chapin is a thorough and detailed biography of a remarkable, but little-known Detroit automobile industry pioneer. Historians should include Roy Dikeman Chapin (February 23, 1880–February 16, 1936) in any listing of significant American auto industry pioneers, along with the Duryea brothers, Ransom E. Olds, Henry Leland, Henry Ford, William C. Durant, and the Dodge brothers. Outside the cloister of automotive historians, Roy Chapin is an unknown. This is in part because no company or car bore his name. Unlike many

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Overview

"John Cuthbert Long’s Roy D. Chapin is a thorough and detailed biography of a remarkable, but little-known Detroit automobile industry pioneer. Historians should include Roy Dikeman Chapin (February 23, 1880–February 16, 1936) in any listing of significant American auto industry pioneers, along with the Duryea brothers, Ransom E. Olds, Henry Leland, Henry Ford, William C. Durant, and the Dodge brothers. Outside the cloister of automotive historians, Roy Chapin is an unknown. This is in part because no company or car bore his name. Unlike many contemporary auto pioneers, Roy Chapin was a modest man who did not promote himself. Even Long’s superb biography of Chapin is not well-known because it was privately printed in 1945 with a small press run. In reprinting this volume, Wayne State University Press is making an important contribution to automotive history."

—From the introduction by Charles K. Hyde, Department of History, Wayne State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814331842
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Great Lakes Books Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 896,229
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

J. C. Long published fourteen books between 1923 and 1968, nine of them biographies. Also during his lifetime, Long managed the education department of the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce, served on the editorial staff of the New Yorker, and was the manager of publications for Bethlehem Steel Company.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Foreword xiii
Introduction xv
Preface to the 1945 Edition xix
I. Blazing the Trails of Tomorrow 1
II. A Grass-Roots Boyhood 9
III. University Days 19
IV. Detroit-to-New York Pioneer Tour 27
V. Revolt at Oldsmobile 35
VI. Launching His First Company 47
VII. Out of Debt and on Their Way 59
VIII. Chalmers-Detroit, and Beginnings of Hudson 67
IX. Forecasting Future Trends 77
X. On Their Own at Last 89
XI. A Millionaire at Thirty 97
XII. Wednesday in Georgia 117
XIII. Hudson's Growing Pains 127
XIV. With Pershing on the Border 139
XV. Pioneer in Motor Transport 145
XVI. Running America's Road Traffic 155
XVII. Wartime Washington 167
XVIII. Birth of the Essex 173
XIX. America Welcomes the Closed Car 183
XX. Financial Climax 191
XXI. New Homes for Old 199
XXII. Leader of the Automobile Industry 205
XXIII. End of an Era 219
XXIV. Secretary of Commerce 229
XXV. Again at the Hudson Wheel 245
XXVI. Building for Tomorrow 255
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