Du Pont, William, 1896-1965

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William du Pont, Jr., the second child of William du Pont and Annie Rogers du Pont, was born February 11, 1896 at Losely Park, Surrey, England. In 1902 the family moved to Montpelier, Va., the former residence of President Madison. In 1919, William du Pont, Jr. maried Jean Liseter Austin of Pennsylvania and the couple resided in "Rosemont," near Newtown Square, Pa. They had four children. In 1941, they divorced, and William du Pont, Jr., moved to his estate "Bellevue Hall" north of Wilmington, Del. He married prominent American tennis player Margaret Osborn in 1947. They had one son. William and Margaret divorced in 1964. William du Pont, Jr. died in Wilmington December 31, 1965.

William du Pont, Jr. started his career as a plant manager of the Ball Grain Explosives Co. during World War I; he sat on the board of directors of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. from 1930 and was a member of its Financial Committee; was president of Delaware Trust Company from 1929 and chairman of the board from 1952.

William du Pont, Jr., was the driving force behind the construction of the first upscale suburban Wilmington development Westover Hills, reconstructions of Wilmington landmark Delaware Trust Building in 1928-1930, performed by the New York architectural firm Dennison & Hirons, and construction of the Hercules Tower addition in 1958-1960.

William du Pont, Jr. was well known as a breeder of thoroughbred race horses and pure bred cattle. At his farms at Rosemont, Pa., Bellevue Hall, Del., Fair Hill, Md. and Walnut Hall, Va. he built horse stables and racing and trainig facilities, held herds of Hereford and Santa Gertrudis cattle and kennels of his foxhound pack under the name of Foxcatcher hounds. He became an authority in the design of flat and steeplechase race courses and built over 20 tracks, including Delaware Park and the National Cup course at Fair Hill, Md.

William du Pont, Jr. was an active promoter of tennis in Delaware. He was the president of Delaware Lawn Tennis Association from 1945 to 1953 and financed school and college tennis programs. Among his pesonal acquaintances were famous American tennis player W.T. Tilden and number of prominent female players who succsessfully represented the United States at international competitions.

From the description of William du Pont, Jr. papers, 1840-1980 (bulk, 1919-1965.). (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 615827719

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associatedWith American Foxhound Club. corporateBody
associatedWith American Horse Show Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Bader, John A., 1895-1961. person
associatedWith Bellevue Hall (Bellevue, Del. : Dwelling). corporateBody
associatedWith Bellevue Hall, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Bellevue Park, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Bellevue Water Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Blue Ridge Farm (Greenwood, Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Burch, Preston M., b. 1884. person
associatedWith Center Square, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Count Steffan, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Delaware Land Development Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Delaware Title Insurance Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Delaware Trust Building Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Delaware Trust Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Dennison & Hirons. corporateBody
associatedWith Du Pont, Annie Rogers, 1858-1957. person
associatedWith Du Pont, Margaret Evelyn Osborne, 1918- person
associatedWith Du Pont, William 1855-1928. person
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. corporateBody
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Office of the president. corporateBody
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Secretary's Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Fair Hill, Inc. (Md.). corporateBody
associatedWith Foxcatcher Farms, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Foxcatcher Hounds, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Foxcatcher Livestock Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938. person
associatedWith Grayson Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Halcyon Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hopeton Holding Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Linwood, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Little Elk, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Mackay-Smith, Alexander. person
associatedWith Marble, Alice, 1913-1990. person
associatedWith Marchized, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Masters of Foxhounds Association of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Montpelier Supply Company (Montpelier Station, Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Steeplechase and Hunt Association. corporateBody
associatedWith New London, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Sara Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Scott, Marion du Pont, 1894-1983. person
associatedWith Shapdale, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Shapdale, Inc. Delaware Trust Building Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Silvertip, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Springlawn Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Springlawn, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Stockford Farms, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Suburban Wilmington Development Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Tilden, William T. (William Tatem), 1893-1953. person
associatedWith Tri-State, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Turkey Town, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Walnut Hall, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Westover Hills, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Montpelier (Va. : Estate)
Delaware
Subject
Hunting
Women tennis players
Steeplechasing
Horse racing
Veterinary supplies industry
American foxhound
Horse-shows
Fox hunting
Animal pedigrees
Livestock--Breeding
Horses--Breeding
Real estate development
Thoroughbred horse
Tennis courts
Hereford cattle
Santa Gertrudis cattle
Horse breeders
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Birth 1896-02-11

Death 1965-12-31

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