…and he’s been the only one since.
Here are some more facts about Frederick D. Patterson.
In the early 1900s Patterson’s father started a successful horse & buggy company in Greenfield, Ohio.
After his father passed, Frederick took over the business. He was a visionary and saw Americans were shifting from horse and buggy to motorized transportation. So in 1915, the company created the Patterson-Greenfield Automobile.
The Patterson-Greenfield Automobile was compared to Ford's Model T. To some it was overall a better vehicle. Ford of course was larger, had more resources, and perfected the assembly line. Patterson recognized they couldn’t compete, and after 3 years (1915-1918) and 150 vehicle sold, the company shifted to making school buses.
The company never became a big household name, but they found a niche and were successful. It grew by providing a quality product & forming great relationships with local school districts in Ohio, Kentucky, & West Virginia.