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Henry J. Kaiser

Henry J. KaiserAKA Henry John Kaiser, Sr.

Born: 9-May-1882
Birthplace: Sprout Brook, NY
Died: 24-Aug-1967
Location of death: Honolulu, HI
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Industrialist and shipbuilder

Perhaps the most remarkable industrialist since Henry Ford. Originally part-owner of a photography concern, he was employed by a gravel/cement firm when he opportunistically took over a bankrupt road construction company in 1914. He made the firm profitable and built it into a thriving enterprise constructing roads, dams, bridges, etc. In World War II he created an unprecedented assembly line whereby ships could be constructed in less than five days. At the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards he founded Kaiser Permanente Health Care, the first prototype of the modern HMO. In later years he developed land in Hawaii.

Father: Frank Kaiser (shoemaker)
Mother: Mary Yops (d. 1899)
Sister: (3 older sisters)
Wife: Bess Fosburgh (m. 8-Apr-1907, d. 1951)
Son: Edgar F. Kaiser
Son: Henry Kaiser, Jr.
Wife: Alyce Chester (m. 1951)

    Kaiser Aluminum Founder (1946)
    German Ancestry

Is the subject of books:
Henry J. Kaiser: Western Colossus, 1981, BY: Albert P. Heiner, DETAILS: (biography)
Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West, 1989, BY: Mark S. Foster, DETAILS: (biography)
Mr. Kaiser Goes to Washington: The Rise of a Government Entrepreneur, 1997, BY: Stephen B. Adams, DETAILS: (biography)

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