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Sir Patrick Hennessy (18 April 1898 – 13 March 1981) was an Irish-born British industrialist, originally from County Cork. During the First World War he served in the British army, between 1914 and 1918, with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.[1]

Patrick Hennessy
Born18 April 1898
Died13 March 1981
Known forAuto-industry executive
Spouse(s)Dorothy Margaret Davis (m. 1923-1949; her death)

He started his career in 1920 with Henry Ford & Son in Cork.[2] He relocated to England, by now a separate country, in 1931 when he was appointed Purchasing Manager with Ford of Britain.[2] He was progressively promoted, appointed General Manager in 1939, Managing Director in 1948 and Chairman in 1956.[2]

Hennessy combined the role of chairman with that of Chief Executive until 1963, retiring from the chairmanship at the age of 70 on 3 May 1968.[3] His successor at Ford of Britain chairman was Leonard Crossland.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1923 he married Dorothy Margaret Davis of Boardmills, County Down.[1] The couple had two sons and one daughter.[1]

Patrick Hennessy was knighted in 1941.[1] He died in West Essex early in 1981.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Who's Who 1967". Hennessy, Sir Patrick: 1388. 1964.
  2. ^ a b c "News and Views: Ford chief retires". Autocar. 128 (nbr 3765): 29. 11 April 1968.
  3. ^ Maurice A Smith (ed) (18 April 1968). "Men of Ford". Autocar. 128 (nbr 3766): 60–61.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "News and Views: New Chairman for Ford". Autocar. 137 (nbr 3988): 2. 28 September 1972.
  5. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 5 January 2018.