Hagley Museum & Library

The du Ponts: Delaware’s First Family

In Delaware, we’re proud to claim the First Family as our own. But long before the Bidens ever set foot in the First State, there were the du Ponts.

In 1800, a Parisian watchmaker named Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours immigrated to the United States with his two sons, Victor Marie and Éleuthère Irénée “E.I.” du Pont. Over the next 200 years, the company founded by E.I. du Pont, commonly known as “DuPont,” became a publicly traded giant of the chemical industry. 

However, beyond their success in industry, the du Ponts have left a lasting legacy of natural and architectural beauty for visitors to enjoy. The estates and gardens once cultivated by the members of the family are today world-renowned sights that trace the major milestones of Delaware’s du Pont story.

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