- Hardcover: 718 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (April 12, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195043499
- ISBN-13: 978-0195043495
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2 x 9.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Family maverick Alfred I. du Pont (1864-1935), heir to a gunpowder fortune, created a scandal by marrying his cousin, a recent divorcee, in 1907. Ostracized by the clan, he subsequently brought slander suits against two relatives. His later marriage to a Virginia farmgirl also raised eyebrows. Edged out of control of the du Pont industrial empire after a 15-year legal battle, he moved to Florida and devoted his liquid assets to building up his adopted state during the Depression. His recognition that great privilege entails social responsibility echoed the thinking of great-great-grandfather Pierre Samuel du Pont (1739-1817), a liberal French politician who narrowly missed being guillotined and who later emigrated to the U.S. and helped his friend Thomas Jefferson acquire the Louisiana territory. More than a biography of Alfred, this magisterial family saga is checkered with lethal explosions, immense egos, high drama and low, cunning passions. Wall is the author of Andrew Carnegie. Photos.
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“Alfred I. DuPont: The Man and his Family”, by Joseph Frazier Wall explores the life and accomplishments of Alfred I. DuPont from various perspectives:
• Employee of the DuPont Company --- Alfred I. DuPont was a black powder expert, inventor and mechanical genius who started at the bottom of the organization, worked his way up the chain-of- command, becoming a partner, a top executive, and a major shareholder.
• Independent entrepreneur --- Alfred I. DuPont initiated and engaged in several independent business operations (e.g., banking, et al).
• Politics --- Alfred I. DuPont made impactful political contributions (e.g., Delaware and Florida)
• Personal Life – Alfred I. DuPont was a family man. He experienced health- and family-related challenges that impacted the direction of his life and career in significant ways. He was a talented musician who composed music and played piano, violin, base viol and flute; he also wrote poetry.
• Philanthropist – Alfred I. DuPont founded The Nemours Foundation which was devoted the children’s’ health.
Joseph Frazier Wall’s book titled, “Alfred I. DuPont: The Man and his Family” (which was published in 1990) references an earlier biography titled, “Alfred I. Du Pont: The Family Rebel”, by Marquis James (which was published in 1941 when many of Alfred I. DuPont’s contemporaries were still alive). As expected, there’s quite a bit of overlap between these two biographies, particularly the portions pertaining to Alfred I. DuPont’s life, per se. However, Wall’s provides the following additional perspectives that are not provided in the earlier biography by James:
• Ancestors - Alfred I. DuPont’s life and accomplishments are explored in the full context of his ancestors and their achievements, starting with his great-great grandfather (economist and government official) Pierre Samuel du Pont’s immigration from France to America during the French Revolution; his great grandfather (chemist and industrialist) Éleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours’ founding of the gunpowder manufacturer, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; as well as their descendents. As Wall clearly illustrates, the du Pont family has been one of America’s richest and most influential families in the areas of business, politics and philanthropy for many generations since the 19th century.
• Philanthropic Goals (after death) - Wall’s book includes an epilogue that describes how Alfred I. DuPont’s philanthropic goals (which were specified in his will) were implemented and managed in the years and decades following his death.
“Alfred I. Du Pont: The Man and his Family”, by Joseph Frazier Wall, is a fascinating, well-written, well-researched and educational biography. I recommend it.
Oh, and it was the Port St. JOE Paper Company, not Jones (as mentioned by my fellow reviewer who was quite puzzling to me not much impressed with this book). I'm a voracious reader since age 4 (now 51) and biography is my favorite category of books - there are several bios on the DuPonts, but THIS ONE IS biography at its very best!
now, his hospital is world renowned and has an endowment over 2 billion
st joe paper is still selling and houses in florida - stock ticker is joe
nemours mansion is my personal favorite and since I live in delaware, I've seen all of the dupont mansions