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Hoffman, Paul Gray (26 April 1891–08 October 1974), automotive executive, government official, and international administrator, was born in Chicago, Illinois, and spent his childhood in a nearby suburb. His parents—George Hoffman, a successful inventor, corporate executive, and entrepreneur, and Eleanor Lott—provided a comfortable family environment oriented toward modern business and civic responsibility. He ended his formal schooling in 1909 after a year at the University of Chicago....

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Vance, Harold Sines (22 August 1890–31 August 1959), automotive executive and government official, was born in Port Huron, Michigan, the son of Samuel W. Vance, a lawyer and circuit judge, and Carrie Sines. After attending public schools and reading law with the partner of his deceased father, he unsuccessfully sought appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. In 1910 he took a job as a mechanic’s apprentice in a local machine shop owned by the Everitt-Metzger-Flanders (EMF) Company, a Detroit manufacturer of cars and car parts....