Henry DuPont

Henry DuPont

Birth
New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death 8 Aug 1889 (aged 77)
New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 58460236 · View Source
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USMA Class of 1833.

The New York Tribune Friday, August 9, 1889
Obituary
General Henry Dupont
Wilmington, Delaware, August 8. General Henry Dupont, since 1850 head of the extensive gunpowder manufacturing firm of F.I. Dupont de Nemourse & Co., died here early this morning. He was prostrated by an attack of heart failure about two months ago, from which he rallied temporarily, but grew worse again a few days ago.

Henry Dupont was born, of French parents, in the same house in which he died, near Wilmington, Delaware, on August 8, 1812. He was educated in a French school at Philadelphia and afterward at West Point, being graduated from the latter institution in 1833. After brief military service he resigned his commission in June 1834 and entered the important gunpowder factory which his father had established on the Brandywine River. A few months later his father died and Henry Dupont and his elder brother, Albert, were left proprietors of the mill. Albert Dupont retired on account of ill health in 1850, since which time Henry Dupont has been at the head of the establishment. The Dupont mill had furnished all the American powder in the War of 1812 and most of that used in the Mexican War. England and France purchased a goodly share of their supplies there in the Crimean War and in other campaigns beyond the sea the Dupont powder has done much deadly work. During the War of the Rebellion in this country the Federal Government was, of course, a large and constant patron of the works.

Although he resigned his second lieutenancy in 1834, Mr. Dupont soon drifted back into military relations. In 1841 he was on the staff of the Governor of Delaware and from 1846 to 1861 was Adjutant-General of the State troops. In May of the latter year he was made Major-General of the State troops. He at once assumed absolute control of the militia and ordered that every military organization in the State should immediately enter the Federal service and that every individual member thereof should take the oath of allegiance to the Federal Government under pain of summary expulsion from the service. This angered the Bourbon Democrats and every possible influence was brought to bear against General Dupont; but in vain. They even organized an insurrection against him; but the leaders of it were quickly clapped into jail. General Dupont thus rendered great services to the nation and he held his commission until the restoration of peace, resigning it in August 1866. As might be supposed from the above record, he was at first a Whig and then an earnest Republican. His first vote was for Henry Clay, his last for Benjamin Harrison. He was a Republican candidate for Presidential elector in 1868, 1876, 1880 and 1888. He was, of course, a strong advocate of the American system of protection. In addition to his great manufacturing interests, he devoted much attention to agriculture, having 2,000 acres of the finest farm land in the State. His wealth was estimated at $15,000,000.

He was married fifty-two years ago to Louisa Gebhard, of Philadelphia, who survives him. Six of their eight children are living: Colonel Henry A. Dupont, President of the Wilmington and Northern Railroad; William Dupont, of Wilmington; Mrs. Ellen E. Irving of Wilmington; Mrs. Victorine E. Foster; Mrs. Sophie M. Chandler, of Philadelphia and Miss Evelina Dupont. The two sons are now at the head of the powder works firm.



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 58460236
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry DuPont (8 Aug 1812–8 Aug 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58460236, citing Du Pont de Nemours Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .