Born inone of five children, he grew up in Swamp Hall, a moderate, rustic mansion along the Brandywine River, close to the gunpowder mills of the original DuPont company. There was no swamp anywhere near it—Alfred named it to ridicule the pompous names other du Ponts gave to their mansions.
Cowart If you won the state lottery, or inherited a fortune, what would you do with all that money? What would you buy? Where would you live? How would you spend your time?
We all like to daydream about being fabulously rich, but few of us ever face the real-life privileges and responsibilities which great wealth brings. Three people who did -- Alfred I.
In places, the personal story of our founders rivals a television drama like "Dallas" or "Falcon Crest"; in places, it's a business success story to rival Lee Iacocca's.
In other places, their tale carries the same elements as an Agatha Christie mystery or a spy thriller.
You, as an employee of the Nemours Foundation, play a part in this story too. Picture such an old mill in your mind. Climbing ivy covers thick stone walls.
The water wheel revolves pushed by the flowing millrace. Ducks float in the pond below the wheel. Some mills ground corn into flour. Some mills cut lumber. The water wheels churned for industry. It had been founded by -- and was named for --his great-grandfather, Elruthere Irenee du Pont de Nemours, a refugee from the French Revolution who lived from to He immigrated to America with 13 members of his family in on the ship American Eagle.
Storms delayed the ship's Atlantic crossing -- 93 days at sea! The DuPonts and other passengers were reduced to boiling rats to make soup. They immediately set to work at various trades.
The DuPont mills were constructed a little different from the kind of old mills you might see on a Christmas card. Only three sides of the DuPont mill were stone; the side with the water wheel, the side closest to the creek, was built of wood. You see, the mills of the E. DuPont de Nemours Co.
For safety, the wooden side of the building would blow out if the powder accidentally exploded. Theoretically at least, the wood wall acted as a safety valve so whole building would not collapse on the men working inside.
Of course, if you happened to be on the wrong side of the building when she blew, you "went across the creek". That expression -- going across the creek -- became the powder worker's euphemism for death.
The DuPont mill was the first powder plant to be built in the United States; before that, all gun powder was imported from Europe. America needed gun powder. Pioneer families still used muskets to hunt deer in the wilderness for food.Three people who did -- Alfred I.
duPont; his wife, Jessie; and her brother, Ed Ball -- had their fates and fortunes interlaced with the founding of The Nemours Foundation and its three operating institutions: Alfred I. duPont Institute, Nemours Health Clinic, and Nemours Children's Clinic.
The Cleft and Craniofacial team at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has more than 60 years of experience and expertise in caring for children with conditions affecting the head and face, such as cleft lip and/or cleft palate.
Alfred I. duPont's Original Will. The Delaware Attorney General's case against the trustees of the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust and the directors of the Nemours Foundation hinges on the interpretation of Items 9 and 10 of duPont's will.
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Coleman du Pont purchased the company to keep it in the family.
By , he was building Nemours with the architectural firm of Carrere and Hastings. Alfred left the DuPont Company in Life and career du Pont was born in in New Castle County, Delaware, the son of Margaretta Elizabeth (Lammot) and Alfred V.
du Pont, and grandson of French-born Éleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours, the founder of E. .