Frederic Latta Smith

Sunday 6th February 1870

Born on this day, Frederic Latta Smith, one of the founders of the Olds Motor Works in 1899 and of General Motors Corporation in 1908. He was also the president of the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers in its early years when it used its pool of patent rights, including the Selden patent, to preclude Henry Ford and others from entering the automobile manufacturing business.

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