Meta Coleman collection of du Pont family portraitscirca 1860-circa 1900
- circa 1860-circa 1900
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She was the eldest child of Antoine Bidermann du Pont (1837-1923) and Ellen Susan Coleman (-1876). Meta's siblings include T. Coleman du Pont (1863-1930), president of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (1902-1915) and U.S. senator (1924-1928), and Zara du Pont (1869-1946), known for her work in women's suffrage, labor activism, and social causes.
After the death of her mother in May 1876, Meta du Pont resided for several month with her grandmother at “Goodstay” in Wilmington, Delaware, returned home to Louisville, and attended boarding school in Philadelphia from October 1878 through May 1879. Upon her return from boarding school, Meta du Pont lived in her father's home in Louisville “Central Park,” and was responsible for running the household, and had an active social life consisting of visits with friends, attending parties, plays and dances, and ice skating.
In May 1888, Meta du Pont married a first cousin, Bannen Coleman (1856-1898), a Louisville businessman associated with her brother T. Coleman du Pont and her father. They had three children: Arthur Moxham Coleman (1890-1931), Greta Clare Coleman (1891-1952) and Alfred Victor Coleman (1893-1967).
After her husband's death, Meta du Pont Coleman continued to reside at “Central Park” in Louisville. By the first decade of the twentieth century, she had moved to Massachusetts and lived in the Boston area. She was interested in genealogy and collected family memorabilia and information until her death in 1938.
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