| In 1902, Alfred I. du Pont,
Pierre S. du Pont, and T. Coleman du Pont, first cousins, bought
the DuPont Company from the family partnership that no longer
wanted to own and operate it. Under the cousin's leadership,
the company embarked upon a period of diversification and
growth. The cousins began to quarrel, however, in 1914, and
Alfred I. du Pont was removed from the board of directors.
Despite their business
disagreements, the cousins all supported woman's suffrage.
Alfred I. du Pont took the strongest stand. The Wilmington
Morning News, which he owned, urged ratification of the
Nineteenth Amendment in April 1920. At his urging, all three
cousins went to Dover during the ratification fight to lobby
members of the General Assembly.
Each cousin made important
contributions to the welfare of Delawareans: Alfred I. built the
Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna; Pierre S.
rebuilt the state's schools; and T. Coleman built Route 13.
More information can be
found on the du Pont family in the Research Library of the
Historical Society of Delaware.
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