Eugene du Pont Jr. papersCreation: 1835-1956
Eugene du Pont Jr. (1873-1954) was a director of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company from 1917 until 1954, and a great grandson of company founder, Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834). The collection contains the personal papers of Eugene du Pont, Jr., and the records of the Kinloch Gun Club, a private shooting club which he founded. It also contains a separate collection of correspondence between his brother Alfred I. du Pont, vice president and general manager of the DuPont Company, with his assistant Frank L. Connable, which is an important source for the history of the company in the early 1900s.
- Creation: 1835-1956
- Du Pont, Eugene, 1873-1954 (Person)
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Eugene du Pont Jr. (1873-1954) was a director of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company from 1917 until 1954, and a great grandson of company founder, Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834). Eugene du Pont Jr. was born July 7, 1873 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was the son of Eugene E. du Pont (1840-1902) and Amelia Elizabeth du Pont (1842-1917). Eugene E. du Pont was the president of the DuPont Company from 1889 until his death in 1902.
Eugene du Pont Jr. attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, from 1888 until 1892, and later Brown and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1892 to 1893. In 1897, he received a degree from Harvard University. Not long after graduation, du Pont joined the DuPont Company as assistant to the president in the administrative office. After the death of his father and company president in 1902, he was named assistant director of sales for the E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company in January 1903, a subsidiary of the DuPont Company. As assistant director of sales, du Pont traveled extensively for fifteen years to increase the sales of explosives in the central west. In February 1913, he took a leave of absence from the company and resigned five months later. He was elected a director of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company on March 12, 1917, a position in which he remained until his death.
He was also a director of the Equitable Security Trust Company in Wilmington, and held memberships in various societies and clubs, including the Sons of the American Revolution, Wilmington Club, DuPont Country Club, Aurora Gun Club, Woodmont Rod and Gun Club, and several others. In January 1913, he married Ethel Pyle (1881-1954) of Wilmington and had four children, one of whom, Ethel du Pont Roosevelt-Warren (1916–1965), married Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr. (1914–1988) in 1937. Eugene E. du Pont Jr. died December 15, 1954.
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The collection contains the personal papers of Eugene du Pont, Jr., and the records of the Kinloch Gun Club, a private shooting club which he founded. It also contains a separate collection of correspondence between Alfred I. du Pont, vice president and general manager of the DuPont Company, with his assistant Frank L. Connable, which is an important source for the history of the company in the early 1900s.
The Alfred I. du Pont-Frank Connable letters were written when Alfred du Pont was in South Dakota, establishing residency so that he could file for divorce from his first wife, Bessie Gardner du Pont. The file is packed with practical instructions from Alfred du Pont for handling all aspects of the company's affairs. Much friendly humor is found throughout. The file is particularly strong on labor relations, and on the 1906 strike at the Brandywine Mills in particular. The correspondence also discusses strategies for corporate organization, expansion of production facilities, Anglo-German powder contributions, the bonus system, safety problems, and the work of the Eastern Laboratory and the Experimental Station.
The personal papers are primarily concerned with family matters. There is a small body of papers relating to the Standard Stoker Company, a manufacturer of automatic stokers for locomotives. Eugene du Pont served as Vice President and Frank L. Connable had served as President of the company.
Another small set of correspondence from Eugene du Pont's brother, Alexis I. du Pont, and Frank L. Connable. The series contains letters on the death of Eugene du Pont, Sr., and his estate papers.
The records of the Kinloch Gun Club near Georgetown, South Carolina, of which Eugene du Pont, Jr., was founder and president, include organization papers, account, reports, plans of the club house, records of kills, employment files, and notes on federal legislation on migratory birds.
This collection is open for research.
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