Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, U.S. Senator. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1861 and served as a Captain in the 5th Artillery, Union Army. On October 19, 1864, in actions at Cedar Creek, Virginia, Captain DuPont’s unit was attacked by the Confederates. At a critical moment, when the Union line had been broken, he encouraged his men to stand to their guns and checked the advance of the enemy. For extraordinary heroism, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 2, 1898 and later attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In civilian life he was president and general manager of the Wilmington Northern Railroad Company, plus engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1906, he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, serving until 1917. After his term, he retired from public life and engaged in literary pursuits.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Mary Pauline Foster DuPont