A. Felix du Pont

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A. Felix du Pont
Born Alexis Felix du Pont
(1879-04-14)April 14, 1879
Wilmington, Delaware
Died June 29, 1948(1948-06-29) (aged 69)
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Resting place Old Saint Anne's Church Cemetery
Residence Wilmington, Delaware
Other names Felix du Pont
Education University of Pennsylvania (1901)
Occupation Businessman, philanthropist
Known for Vice-President, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Founder, St. Andrew's School
Political party Democratic
Board member of DuPont, St. Andrew's School
Spouse(s) 1) Mary Richards Chichester (1878-1965)
2) Ann Burton Marvel De Armond (1886-1963)
Children with Mary:
Alexis Felix du Pont, Jr. (1905-1996)
Lydia Chichester du Pont (1907-1958)
Richard Chichester du Pont (1911-1943)
Alice Frances du Pont Mills (1912-2002)
Parent(s) Francis Gurney du Pont
Elise Wigfall Simons

Alexis Felix du Pont Sr. (April 14, 1879 – June 29, 1948) was a member of the American du Pont family who served as a vice president and director of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.[1] and a philanthropist who helped found St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware.[2]

Biography[edit]

He was born on April 14, 1879, to Francis Gurney du Pont and Elise Wigfall Simons. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1901.[3][4]

He started work at E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. in 1900 and was made director in 1915 and vice president in 1919.[4]

Felix du Pont died on June 29, 1948, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.[3][4] He was buried in Old Saint Anne's Church Cemetery in Middletown, Delaware.[5]

Marriage[edit]

In 1902, he married Mary R. Chichester. She was the daughter of Washington Bowie Chichester of Leesburg, Virginia. On September 3, 1937, they divorced in Reno, Nevada. Later that same day he married Ann Marvel of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She was the daughter of Judge David Marvel of the Superior Court in Wilmington, Delaware.[4]

Legacy[edit]

His son, Alexis Felix du Pont, Jr., co-founded the All American Aviation Company, predecessor of US Airways Group, Inc., which merged with AMR Corporation in 2013 to form the world's largest airline. In 1897, he co-founded The University of Pennsylvania Band.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times - November 19, 1941
  2. ^ Milwaukee Sentinel - December 22, 1978
  3. ^ a b Associated Press (July 1, 1948). "Felix Du Pont Dies At Home". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved 2012-11-25. A. Felix du Pont Sr., 68 [sic], industrialist, author ... A director and former president of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., he started with the Wilmington Co. as private secretary to his father in 1900. In 1915 he and five others purchased the holdings of Coleman Du Pont and started an ... 
  4. ^ a b c d "A. Felix du Pont, 69, Dead in Delaware, Former Executive of Munitions Firm Sponsored Contests to Develop Gliders". New York Times. June 30, 1948. Retrieved 2012-11-25. A. Felix du Pont of Wilmington, Del., and Palm Beach, Fla., a director and former vice president of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., died here this afternoon at his summer home ... after a third stroke that occurred a week ago. He was 69 years old. Born in Wilmington, a son of Francis G. du Pont and the former Elise Simons, Mr. du Pont received his higher education at the University of Pa, with the class of 1901. ... 
  5. ^ Old Saint Anne's Church Cemetery at Findagrave.com
  6. ^ Images of America: The University of Pennsylvania Band. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2006. Page 11.