On Aug. 22, 1902, Henry M. Leland formed the Cadillac Automobile Company with a group of investors who had previously tried but failed to start a car company with Henry Ford. The company’s first car was a one-cylinder model that quickly earned a reputation for quality, followed by a car with a four-cylinder engine. Leland is little known because he decided to name the company’s car after the Frenchman who founded Detroit. He eventually sold the company to General Motors on July 29, 1909.
Source: Michigan Every Day