Eugene du Pont

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Eugène du Pont
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Born (1840-11-16)November 16, 1840
New Castle County, Delaware
Died January 28, 1902(1902-01-28) (aged 61)
Christiana Hundred, Delaware
Resting place Du Pont de Nemours Cemetery
Education Bachelor of Arts, 1861
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Businessman
Board member of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.
Spouse(s) Amélia Elizabeth du Pont
  • Anne Ridgely
  • Alexis Irénée III
  • Mary Van Dyke
  • Eugene Jr.
  • Amy Elizabeth
  • Julia Sophia

Eugène du Pont (November 16, 1840 – January 28, 1902) was an American businessman who served as the first head of the modern-day DuPont corporation.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Du Pont was born at Hagley House in New Castle County, Delaware, the son of Alexis Irénée du Pont and grandson of Éleuthère Irénée du Pont.

Eugène graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1861 with a bachelor of arts degree.[3]

After he graduated, he was an assistant to Lammot du Pont at the Brandywine Mills laboratory and by 1886 filed two patent applications (gunpowder press and new variety of powder, brown prismatic). He became junior partner in 1864. He succeeded Henry A. du Pont as senior partner in 1889.[1]

As senior partner, du Pont saw the completion of a new office in Wilmington and the new invention called the telephone. He also saw the rise of the dynamite industry and helped form the Eastern Dynamite Company in 1895. 1912, the Eastern Dynamite Company formally merged with DuPont.[1]

After du Pont's death, the company was brought under control by three of his nephews, Alfred I. du Pont, T. Coleman du Pont and Pierre S. du Pont.[1] His daughter Amy Elizabeth du Pont was a prominent benefactor of the University of Delaware. Painter George Alexis Weymouth is his great-grandson by his son, Eugene du Pont, Jr.


  1. ^ a b c d " Eugene du Pont". DuPont. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Eugene du Pont Dead". The New York Times. January 29, 1902. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ "1861 Commencement Program" (PDF). University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved January 22, 2015.