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MARTHA FIRESTONE FORD (born September 16, 1925) is the majority owner and chairwoman of the NFL team the Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
, and is on the board of the Henry Ford Health System
Henry Ford Health System
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life and education * 2 Ford family * 3 Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
* 4 See also * 5 References

EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION

Born September 16, 1925 in Akron, Ohio
Ohio
, Firestone is the daughter of Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. and Elizabeth Parke Firestone . Her paternal grandparents are Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. founder Harvey Samuel Firestone and his wife Idabelle Smith Firestone .

Ford graduated from Vassar College in 1946.

FORD FAMILY

Martha first met her husband, William Clay Ford , at a lunch in New York arranged and attended by both of their mothers, according to the biography The Fords. Martha then was a Vassar student who had the college nickname “Stoney.” William was a naval cadet at St. Mary\'s U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School . They married on June 21, 1947 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio
Ohio
. By that time both families had acquired considerable wealth, and the matchup between the grandchildren of two empire-builders was reported by numerous news outlets. The Akron
Akron
Beacon Journal called the Firestone-Ford nuptials “the biggest society wedding in Akron’s history” and “the biggest show Akron
Akron
has seen in years” in numerous articles chronicling the event. The couple received gifts from F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover
J. Edgar Hoover
, media publisher John S. Knight , and Mina Miller Edison .

The couple had four children: Martha Parke Morse (b. 1948), Sheila Firestone Hamp (b. 1951), William Clay Ford, Jr.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
(b. 1957), and Elizabeth Ford Kontulis (b. 1961). Her son William was as of 2015 the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company
. He had previously been the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Ford. William also serves as Vice Chairman of the Detroit Lions.

Firestone Ford has 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Martha and her immediate family, and several other members of the extended Ford family , have long lived at Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
. Martha and William originally resided in Grosse Pointe Woods after relocating to the Detroit
Detroit
area following their marriage. She has resided in Grosse Pointe Shores since 1960, when she and William had a house built on Lake St. Clair .

DETROIT LIONS

On March 9, 2014, Martha's husband William died at the age of 88. William had been the sole owner of the Lions since he bought out all other owners in 1963 for US$
US$
4.5 million. On March 10, 2014 it was announced that controlling interest in the Lions would pass to Ford's widow, Martha. She is the majority owner of the team, with each of her four children holding small shares in the team.

Martha Ford is among a small group of female NFL team owners. The others are: Virginia Halas McCaskey , 93, owner of the Chicago Bears since 1983, when her father, George, died; Kim Pegula co-owner of the Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
with her husband Terry ; Carol Davis , who, along with her son, Mark Davis , has owned the largest stake in the Oakland Raiders since her husband, Al Davis , died in 2011; and Denise DeBartolo York, owner of the San Francisco 49ers, who, along with her husband John York, gained control of the 49ers from her brother, Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. in 2000.

SEE ALSO

* Ford family tree

REFERENCES

* ^ "Martha Ford". forbes.com. Retrieved 27 June 2016. * ^ Shea, Bill (March 10, 2014). "Martha Ford now owner of Detroit Lions following husband\'s death will be the ultimate death of the lions". Crain's Detroit
Detroit
Business. Retrieved October 16, 2014. * ^ A B " Detroit
Detroit
Lions: Martha Firestone Ford". detroitlions.com. Retrieved 27 June 2016. * ^ A B "William Clay Ford\'s wife, Martha, takes over as Lions\' majority owner; Bill Ford Jr. remains vice chair". mlive.com. Retrieved 27 June 2016. * ^ "The college announced that William Clay Ford, director and vice president of the Ford Motor Company, had donated $1 million to the capital fund drive of 1969, bringing the total raised to $7 million. - - A Documentary Chronicle of Vassar College". vassar.edu. Retrieved 27 June 2016. * ^ A B Byard, Jim Mackinnon and Katie. "William Clay Ford’s death brings back memories of grand Akron
Akron
wedding in 1947". ohio.com. Retrieved 27 June 2016. * ^ "The Ford Family". gphistorical.org. Retrieved 27 June 2016. * ^ Martha Ford takes over Lions ownership Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
official site, March 10, 2014 * ^ A B "Martha Ford now owner of Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
following husband\'s death". crainsdetroit.com. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2016.

* v * t * e

Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions

* Founded in 1930 * Formerly the PORTSMOUTH SPARTANS (1930–33) * Based in DETROIT, MICHIGAN * Headquartered in ALLEN PARK, MICHIGAN

FRANCHISE

* Franchise * Team history * Seasons * Players * First-round draft picks * Starting quarterbacks * Coaches

STADIUMS

* Universal Stadium * University of Detroit
Detroit
Stadium * Tiger Stadium * Pontiac Silverdome
Pontiac Silverdome
* Ford Field
Ford Field

CULTURE

* NFL on Thanksgiving Day
NFL on Thanksgiving Day
* Paper Lion (film ) * "What\'s Going On" (Marvin Gaye song) * Home Improvement * Cheerleaders

LORE

* 1932 Playoff Game * Curse of Bobby Layne
Bobby Layne
* Mike Utley
Mike Utley
gives a thumbs up * Marty Mornhinweg takes the wind * "Fire Millen " * 0–16 * "Calvin Johnson rule " * Miracle in Motown
Miracle in Motown

RIVALRIES

* Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
* Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
* Minnesota Vikings

NOTABLE PEOPLE

* William Clay border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* 1935 * 1983 * 1991 * 1993

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (4)

* 1952 * 1953 * 1954 * 1957

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS (4)

* 1935 * 1952 * 1953 * 1957

MEDIA

* Broadcasters * Radio: Radio network * Dan Miller * Jim Brandstatter * Tony Ortiz * WJR
WJR
* TV: Television network * Matt Shepard * Chris Spielman
Chris Spielman
* Jennifer Hammond * WJBK
WJBK
* Fox Sports Detroit
Detroit

CURRENT LEAGUE AFFILIATIONS

* League: National Football League
National Football League
* Conference: National Football Conference
National Football Conference
* Division: North Division

SEASONS (87)

* 1930 * 1931 * 1932 * 1933 * 1934 * 1935 * 1936 * 1937 * 1938 * 1939 * 1940 * 1941 * 1942 * 1943 * 1944 * 1945 * 1946 * 1947 * 1948 * 1949 * 1950 * 1951 * 1952 * 1953 * 1954 * 1955 * 1956 * 1957 * 1958 * 1959 * 1960 * 1961 * 1962 * 1963 * 1964 * 1965 * 1966 * 1967 * 1968 * 1969 * 1970 * 1971 * 1972 * 1973 * 1974 * 1975 * 1976 * 1977 * 1978 * 1979 * 1980 * 1981 * 1982 * 1983 * 1984 * 1985 * 1986 * 1987 * 1988 * 1989 * 1990 * 1991 * 1992 * 1993 * 1994 * 1995 * 1996 * 1997 * 1998 * 1999 * 2000 * 2001 * 2002 * 2003 * 2004 * 2005 * 2006 * 2007 * 2008 * 2009 * 2010 * 2011 * 2012 * 2013 * 2014 * 2015 * 2016

Championship seasons in BOLD

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Current owners of the National Football League
National Football League

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

AFC East
AFC East
AFC North AFC South AFC West

* Terry and Kim Pegula ( Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
) * Stephen M. Ross
Stephen M. Ross
( Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
) * Robert Kraft
Robert Kraft
( New England Patriots
New England Patriots
) * Woody Johnson ( New York Jets
New York Jets
)

* Steve Bisciotti
Steve Bisciotti
( Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
) * Mike Brown ( Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
) * Jimmy and Dee Haslam ( Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
) * Rooney family
Rooney family
( Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
)

* Bob McNair ( Houston Texans
Houston Texans
) * Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay
( Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
) * Shahid Khan
Shahid Khan
( Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
) * KSA Industries ( Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
)

* Pat Bowlen ( Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
) * Clark Hunt
Clark Hunt
( Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
) * Alex Spanos ( Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
) * Mark and Carol Davis ( Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West

* Jerry Jones
Jerry Jones
( Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
) * John Mara and Steve Tisch ( New York Giants
New York Giants
) * Jeffrey Lurie
Jeffrey Lurie
( Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
) * Daniel Snyder
Daniel Snyder
( Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
)

* Virginia Halas McCaskey ( Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
) * Martha Firestone Ford ( Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
) * Green Bay Packers, Inc. (governed by a Board of Directors ) (Green Bay Packers ) * Zygi Wilf ( Minnesota Vikings )

* Arthur Blank
Arthur Blank
( Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
) * Jerry Richardson
Jerry Richardson
( Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
) * Tom Benson
Tom Benson
( New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
) * Glazer Family ( Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
)

* Bill Bidwill ( Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
) * Stan Kroenke ( Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
) * Denise and John York ( San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
) * Paul Allen
Paul Allen
(Seattle

.