- NAME: Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
- OCCUPATION: Diplomat, Academic Author, Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: December 14, 1739
- DEATH DATE: August 06, 1817
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Paris, France
- PLACE OF DEATH: Eleutherian Mills, Delaware
- AKA: Pierre Samuel du Pont
- AKA: Pierre du Pont
- AKA: Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
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Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours was a French economist and intellectual who took part in many key political events of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
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Living in Paris, he returned to his political career. He served in the Paris Chamber of Commerce and he helped to negotiate the French side of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
However, the political winds of change continued to blow, and du Pont assisted with the banishment of Napoleon and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1814. He was made councilor-of-state by Louis XVIII. However,
when Napoleon returned from exile the following year, du Pont promptly left France.
Returning to the United States in 1815, du Pont joined his son, Éleuthère Irénée, in Delaware. Irénée, as he was known, had founded a gunpowder factory at a site he called Eleutherian Mills, near Wilmington, Delaware; this company was the origin of the du Pont chemical manufacturing empire.
Du Pont died in Delaware on August 6, 1817. He is still considered significant for his writings on economics and for his role in key political events of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
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