Ralph Evinrude

Born Sep 27, 1907

Ralph S. Evinrude was an American business magnate best known for being the Chairman of Outboard Marine Corporation, and the husband of singer and entertainer Frances Langford. Evinrude was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Bess and Ole Evinrude. Evinrude's father had emigrated from Norway in 1882 and had developed the first commercially feasible outboard motor, thus creating a new industry and form of recreation.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ralph Evinrude.


1907 Birth Born in 1907.


1927 20 Years Old In 1927, Evinrude joined the family firm, Elto Outboard Motor Company after two years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
1934 27 Years Old Ole Evinrude died on July 12, 1934 and Ralph Evinrude took over running the company. … Read More
1936 29 Years Old In 1936, the Board of Directors of OMC elected Evinrude president and director.


1951 44 Years Old Evinrude married Joan "Bobbe" Everett in Lake Forest, Illinois in December 1951.
1953 46 Years Old In 1953, he was elected vice chairman of the board and chairman of OMC's Executive Committee.
1955 48 Years Old In 1955, shortly after his divorce from his first wife, Evinrude married Frances Langford and moved to her estate in Jensen Beach, Florida. … Read More


1963 56 Years Old He became chairman of OMC in 1963. … Read More


1982 75 Years Old In 1982 when Evinrude retired as chairman, OMC had more than 9,000 persons employed in operations throughout the world.
1986 79 Years Old Died in 1986.
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