- NAME: Eleuthere Irenee du Pont
- OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur, Chemist
- BIRTH DATE: June 24, 1771
- DEATH DATE: October 31, 1834
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Paris, France
- PLACE OF DEATH: Greenville, Delaware
- Full Name: Éleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours
- AKA: Éleuthère Irénée du Pont
- AKA: Irénée du Pont
- AKA: E.I. du Pont
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In 1802, chemist Éleuthère Irénée du Pont founded an explosives business in Delaware that is now known simply as DuPont.
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With a big boost in business during the War of 1812, du Pont poured most of his profits into the expanding business. The company also had some setbacks, with two explosions between 1815 and 1818 that resulted in nearly 50 deaths and considerable financial loss. But the company rebounded and continued to prosper.
Du Pont served as president of the company for 32 years. His beloved wife, Sophie, died in 1828, bringing him much sadness. On October 31, 1834, Éleuthère Irénée du Pont died of heart failure. His descendants continued to grow the business, making it the second largest chemical company in the world.
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