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In 1909, the name Hudson came from Joseph L. Hudson,
a Detroit department store entrepreneur and founder of
Hudson's department store, who provided the
necessary capital and gave permission
for the company to be named after him.
A total of eight Detroit businessmen formed the company.

The Hudson Motor Car Company made Hudson and other brand
automobiles in Detroit, Michigan, from 1909 to 1954.

In 1954, Hudson merged with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form
American Motors (AMC).
The Hudson name was continued through the 1957 model year,
after which it was discontinued.

One of the organizers of the company was Roy D. Chapin Sr.,
a young executive who had worked with Ransom E. Olds.
(Oldsmobile) Chapin's son, Roy Jr., would
later be president of Hudson-Nash descendant
American Motors Corp. in the 1960s.

Women Designers:

As the role of women increased in car purchase decisions, automakers
began to hire female designers.
Hudson, wanting a female perspective on automotive design, hired
Elizabeth Ann Thatcher, who later became Betty Thatcher Oros,
in 1939.
A graduate of the Cleveland School of Arts (now Cleveland Institute of Art)
with a major in Industrial Design, she became one of America's
first female automotive designers.
Her contributions to the 1941 Hudson included exterior trim with
side lighting, interior instrument panel, interiors and
interior trim fabrics.

She designed for Hudson from 1939 into 1941, leaving the company
when she married Joe Oros, then a designer for Cadillac.
He later became head of the design team at Ford that created
the Mustang.

In 1954, Hudson merged with Nash-Kelvinator
Corporation to become American Motors.
The Hudson factory, located in Detroit, Michigan, was converted to
military contract production at the end of the model year,
and the remaining three years of Hudson production took
place in Kenosha, Wis.

The last Hudson rolled off the Kenosha
assembly line on June 25, 1957.
There were no ceremonies, because at that point there was still
hope of continuing the Hudson and Nash names into the 1958
model year on the Rambler chassis as deluxe, longer-wheelbase
senior models.


In 1928, the DeSoto make was founded by Walter Chrysler,
and introduced it for the 1929 model year.
It was named after the Spanish explorer  Hernando de Soto.
The DeSoto logo featured a stylized image of the explorer who
led the first European expedition deep into the territory
of the modern-day United States, and was the
first documented European to have crossed
the Mississippi River.

DeSoto or De Soto is an American automobile marque that
was manufactured and marketed by the DeSoto Division of
the  Chrysler Corporation from 1928 to the 1961 model year.

Chrysler wanted to enter the brand in competition with its
competitors Oldsmobile, Buick, Mercury, Studebaker, Hudson,
and Willys, in the mid-price class.
DeSoto served as a lower priced version of Chrysler products,
with Dodge and Plymouth added to the Chrysler family in 1928.

Shortly after the DeSoto was introduced, Chrysler completed
its purchase of the Dodge Brothers, giving the company 2
mid-priced makes.
Initially, the two-make strategy was relatively successful,
with DeSoto priced below Dodge models.