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Eleuthera du Pont invitation

Creation: 1824 September
Accession: 1256


Eleuthera du Pont Smith (1806-1876) was the daughter of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834) and Sophie Madeleine Dalmas du Pont (1775-1828). This collection contains an invitation she received to attend the Lafayette Ball in Philadelphia in 1824.


  • Creation: 1824 September



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Biographical Note

Eleuthera du Pont (1806-1876), a daughter of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834) and Sophie Madeleine Dalmas du Pont (1775-1828), was born at the family home, Eleutherian Mills. Her father was the founder of E. I du Pont de Nemours & Company. She was educated at home by her sister, Victorine du Pont Bauduy (1792-1861), and then attended Mrs. Hughes's Boarding and Day School in Philadelphia from 1821 to 1823. She married Thomas MacKie Smith (1809-1852), a physician, in 1834; they had no children. The Smiths toured Europe in 1846-1847. Eleuthera retrieved many of the papers of her grandfather, the physiocrat Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817), and brought them back to the United States. After her husband's death, she became more involved with the Brandywine Manufacturer's Sunday School, which served the children of du Pont company workers, succeeding her older sister Victorine as superintendent in 1861. Eleuthera and her younger sister Sophie Madeleine were also interested in family history and genealogy and together arranged and transcribed family papers.

Scope and Contents

Invitation to the Lafayette Ball in Philadelphia, issued to Eleuthera du Pont (1806-1876). The ball was held on September 27, 1824, as part of the celebration welcoming the arrival of the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) when he visited the United States on a sixteen-month tour.

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  • 2021: Ashley Williams

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