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Harlow Curtice

President of General Motors Harlow Curtice

Profession: President of General Motors

United States of America

Biography: After starting at the company aged 20, Harlow Curtice rose to become President of General Motors (GM), serving from 1953 to 1958.

Under his leadership General Motors sold five million vehicles and became the first corporation to earn US$1 billion in a single year in 1955. A feat that saw Curtice named Time magazine's person of the year in 1955.

Born: August 15, 1893
Birthplace: Petrieville, Michigan, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Leo

Died: November 3, 1962 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Historical Events

  • 1950-03-13 General Motors Corporation reports record net earnings of $656,434,232
  • 1955-12-31 The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.

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