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Subject: [NASH-L] Charles W Nash (1864-1948) IL>MI>WI>CA
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 12:44:27 EST


Looking for anyone with genealogy connecting to Charles William Nash, founder
of Nash Motor Co in Kinosha WI and once President of General Motors. Charles
was born 28 Jan 1864 to David L & Anna (Cadwell) Nash, probably in DeKalb Co
IL. He died 6 Jun 1948 in Beverly Hills CA.
According to The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, he married Jesse
Halleck of Flint MI, 23 Apr 1884, daughter of Charles Halleck. Charles &
Jesse had three daughters -- Mae, Lena & Ruth. Mae married Floyd Miller, Lena
- James T Wilson, and Ruth - Chester Hasehall Bliss.
Due to his parents separation, he and brother, George C Nash (1866-1940),
were bound out to work on farms in the Flint area at young ages. Charles may
also have had a sister -- Mazovia (b. abt 1862).
He quickly went off on his own, working several jobs before going to work at
the Durant - Dort Carriage Co in Flint MI in 1891. By 1906 he had risen to
director of the company, a year when it had 14 plants and was producing 56,000
carriages annually. Its owner, William Crapo Durant, meanwhile had purchased
Buick Motor Co (1904) and four years later had established General Motors,
which brought together Buici with several infant auto companies.
Charles, who rapidlly had become a favorite, rose in importance in Durant's
new enterprise and, in 1910 was named president & general manager of Buick.
He proved to be very successful in turning Buick's fortunes for the better, so
impressing Durant's financial backers that he was named president of all of GM
in 1912. Later, in 1916, when Durant chose to again take charge, he tried to
negotiate with Charles to stay on at any enormous salary. Charles, however,
chose to leave own his own terms. As a result he was able to muster the
financial might to create Nash Motors in Kinosha, the forerunner of American
Motors.
Looking to trace the Nash - Cadwell ancestry. What's known of Charles'
parents -- According to the death record of David L Nash, he was born in NY to
Daniel & Abigal Nash. Anna Cadwell's death record indicates her father was
George Cadwell, she also born in NY.

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