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"History of Explosions and Accidents at Brandywine Mills" by Francis Gurney du Pont

1908
 Collection
Accession: 1402

Abstract

Francis Gurney du Pont (1850-1904) was the youngest son of Alexis I. du Pont (1816-1857) and Joanna Smith du Pont (1815-1876), and grandson of Éleuthère Irénée "E.I." du Pont (1771-1834), founder of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company. The collection contains a carbon typescript of "History of Explosions at Brandywine Mills" compiled from records by du Pont and also reported from his own experiences.

Dates

  • 1908

Creator

Extent

1 volume(s)

Biographical Note

Francis Gurney du Pont (1850-1904) was the youngest son of Alexis I. du Pont (1816-1857) and Joanna Smith du Pont (1815-1876), and grandson of Éleuthère Irénée "E.I." du Pont (1771-1834), founder of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company.

Du Pont graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1870. The following year, he began his career with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. as an operator of graining mills. In 1874, he became a junior partner of the firm and later served in the highly important capacity of general manager, and as vice president, until 1902. That year, even with the death of Eugene du Pont (1840-1902), du Pont declined the presidency of the firm due to ill health. He wanted to sell the company to competitor Laflin & Rand. He mistrusted the modern business practices that he believed the younger generation would implement at the DuPont Company. He lost control of the company to cousins Alfred I. du Pont (1864-1935), T. Coleman du Pont (1863-1930), and Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954).

In 1888, du Pont supervised the building of the blasting powder mills at Mooar, Iowa. At Carney's Point, New Jersey, he superintended the plant which produced smokeless powder. In 1893, he and Pierre S. du Pont patented their solvent recovery process for the manufacture of smokeless shotgun powder.

Aside from his abilities as a chemist, du Pont was interested in astronomy and in the improvement of telescopes.

In 1871, du Pont married Elise Wigfall Simons (1849-1919). The couple had ten children. Du Pont died November 7, 1904, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Scope and Contents

Carbon typescript of "History of Explosions at Brandywine Mills" compiled from records by Francis G. du Pont (1850-1904) and also reported from his own experiences. Also, a record of accidents at Carney's Point while he was actively part of the management of that plant. Copied from du Pont's manuscript under the supervision of A. Felix du Pont (1879-1948). One volume with copies of two letters of 1884 and report of the explosion of the nitroglycerin house of the Repauno Chemical Company at Thompson's Point in 1884.

Access Restrictions

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

Related Materials

Francis Gurney du Pont papers (Accession 0504), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
"History of Explosions and Accidents at Brandywine Mills" by Francis Gurney du Pont
Status:
Author:
John Beverly Riggs
Date:
1978
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:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400