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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company insurance policies

1840-1845
 Collection
Accession: 1781

Abstract

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was organized in Paris in 1801 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours and his son Eleuthère Irénée du Pont. The collection contains insurance policies with the Union Insurance Company of Philadelphia, Delaware Fire Insurance Company, Wilmington Fire Insurance Company, and the Columbia Insurance Company of Philadelphia. The policies generally cover shipments of saltpeter, gunpowder, goods and merchandise, and the cotton factory Henry Clay Mill.

Dates

  • 1840-1845

Creator

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet

Historical Note

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company. The company was established in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and his son Éleuthère Irénée "E.I." du Pont (1771-1834); the company began with the production of gunpowder. The du Pont’s purchased a mill site on the banks of the Brandywine River just North of Wilmington, Delaware. During wartime, the company was a major supplier to the United States government. During peacetime, the company marketed its product towards sportsmen and hunters. In 1837, E.I. du Pont’s son Alfred V. du Pont (1798-1856) became President of the company. By 1850 Alfred du Pont resigned and his younger brother Henry du Pont (1812-1889) succeeded him as President.

Scope and Contents

Insurance policies of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company with the Union Insurance Company of Philadelphia covering shipments of saltpeter and gunpowder by ship and a few by wagon. Specific ships are named, and some cargoes are listed only as "goods" or "merchandise." Also, several policies with the Delaware Fire Insurance Company and the Wilmington Fire Insurance Company covering the same types of goods stored on wharves, and a policy with the Columbia Insurance Company of Philadelphia covering the five-story cotton factory (Henry Clay Mill) issued to Alfred V. du Pont (1798-1856) in 1841.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company insurance policies
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
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