Category Archives: du Pont History

Living Like Pierre

“Who wants to be a millionaire (in 1916)?” by George Will.  His syndicated newspaper column, 5/7/2017. Visitors to the Peirce-du Pont House at Longwood Gardens almost always exclaim how beautiful it is.  Wouldn’t I like to live there? Well, no, … Continue reading

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Pierre du Pont and Military Purchases

When WWI broke out, there was no president of what to charge for the large purchases by the US and allied governments.  The Spanish-American war had been too short, and the Civil War before it was too far in the … Continue reading

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The Continuing Legacy of John Raskob

“Comment,” by Harry Themal. The News-Journal, 1/15/2016. (Harry Themal is a long-time, respected journalist in the Wilmington, DE, area. He is now retired, but still contributes a weekly column.) John Raskob was hired just out of high school by Pierre … Continue reading

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The Wedding of Pierre du Pont and Alice Belin

The defining event in the life of Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), the founder of Longwood Gardens, was the sudden death of his father in a plant explosion when Pierre was only 14. (See the posting Lammot du Pont and … Continue reading

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The Labyrinth at the Du Pont Family Church

Pierre du Pont, who built Longwood Gardens, once said his religion was a “non-practicing Episcopalian.” “Just like me,” I told my wife. “You were never an Episcopalian.” “You didn’t know it.  I non-practice lots of religions.” The early du Pont … Continue reading

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The Du Pont Family Cemetery

Ta-da! After five years of sporadic effort, I found the du Pont family cemetery, thanks to a little help from a friend. Being a volunteer at Longwood Gardens, often talking non-stop about its founder, Pierre S. du Pont, I naturally … Continue reading

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Longwood Gardens Potpourri

The Pierre S. du Pont who built Longwood Gardens described his religion to be “a nonpracticing Episcopalian.” “Just like me!” I told my wife. “You were never an Episcopalian.” “But if I am nonpracticing, it doesn’t matter. I nonpractice lots … Continue reading

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