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William G. Ramsay Biographical File

1899-1946
 Collection
Accession: 2049

Abstract

The collection primarily consists of newspaper clippings, telegrams, resolutions, and correspondence regarding Ramsay's death and funeral.

Dates

  • 1899-1946

Creator

Extent

0.33 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

William Gouverneur Ramsay (1866-1916) trained as a civil engineer at the University of Virginia and finished his course work in 1887. His employment included numerous surveying positions with railroads until 1892. In 1892, Ramsay was hired by the Chicago sales office of the Repauno Chemical Company and Eastern Dynamite Company. He was promoted to manage Repauno's New York sales office in 1894 and resigned the position in June 1898 to serve in the Spanish-American War.

After his return from military service in 1899, Ramsay became president of the newly-established Great Northern Manufacturing and Supply Company, located in Terre Haute, Indiana. The company primarily sold powder it purchased from E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, and other powder manufacturers for mining use in the Indiana coal fields. Great Northern went out of business in early 1902.

With the demise of Great Northern, Ramsay joined the newly-formed engineering division of the Eastern Dynamite Company as chief engineer in 1902. When Eastern Dynamite assigned its assets to Du Pont in 1903, Ramsay became DuPont's chief engineer and directed the construction of many of the largest explosives factories in the United States. In 1916, Ramsay became a director and vice president of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, in addition to retaining his position as chief engineer. He died September 28, 1916 at his home, north of Wilmington, Delaware.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of newspaper clippings, telegrams, resolutions, and correspondence regarding Ramsay's death and funeral. Other records include Ramsay's resumes, salary distribution record which details his work activities, copies of letters from Ramsay regarding the payment of interest on a loan and deposit of salary, and a letter from Hamilton M. Barksdale to Ramsay regarding relocation of Ramsay's family to Terre Haute, Indiana.

Related Material

William G. Ramsay family papers (Accession 2014), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

William G. Ramsay family photographs (Accession 1992.233), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Provenance

The William G. Ramsay Biographical File originated at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company's Engineering Department.

Separated Materials

William G. Ramsay photographs (Accession 1992.239), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
William G. Ramsay Biographical File
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400