Biography of Austin W. Ford
Broome County, NY Biographies





AUSTIN WARD FORD - One of the products of a Binghamton factory that gave that city national and international fame was the time recording clock for registering arrivals and departures of employes in offices and factories, a line of manufacture with which Austin W. Ford has been connected for forty years. When the combination of interests, known as the Computing, Tabulating and Recording Company, was formed, he retired from active participation in the business, but retains a stock interest in that company and serves as a director. He is a native son of the Empire State, his parents, William L. and Sarah (Ward) Ford, his father a general merchant of Deposit, New York, and for many years representative from Broome county to the New York Legislature.

Austin W. Ford (A. Ward Ford), was born at Deposit, New York, March 13, 1864, and there educated in the public schools. When school years were over he became his father's assistant in his general store at Deposit, remaining until twentythree years of age. In 1887 he came to Binghamton and with Harlow E. Bundy, of time recording clock fame, and others, organized the Bundy Manufacturing Company and was made secretary of that corporation formed to manufacture the Bundy Time Recording clock. He continued in that official relation to the business many years, but when the Bundy Manufacturing Company was absorbed by the Computing, Tabulating and Recording Company, he retired from business and has not since taken on new responsibilities, save acting as a director of the Computing, Tabulating and Recording Company, in which he is also a stockholder.

Mr. Ford is a member of the Binghamton, Dobson and Binghamton Country clubs, all of which he has served as president. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club, and attends the First Congregational Church of Binghamton.

Mr. Ford married J. Ada Ford, daughter of DeWitt Ford, of Oneonta, New York, and they are the parents of five children: William L., Elizabeth, Florence Ward, Edward Emmons, and Harriet Stewart Ford.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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