Eugene du Pont
|Eugène du Pont|
November 16, 1840|
New Castle County, Delaware
|Died||January 28, 1902
Christiana Hundred, Delaware
|Du Pont de Nemours Cemetery|
|Education||Bachelor of Arts, 1861|
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
Board member of
|E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.|
|Spouse(s)||Amélia Elizabeth du Pont|
Life and career
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.
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.
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. His daughter Amy Elizabeth du Pont was a prominent benefactor of the University of Delaware.
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