Charles Irénée du Pont (March 29, 1797 – January 31, 1869) was an American manufacturer and politician. He was the owner of the Du Pont, Bauday & Co. wool manufacturers, a nephew of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, the founder of the E.I. duPont de Nemours Company, and a member of the Delaware General Assembly.
Early life and family
Du Pont was born March 29, 1797 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of Victor Marie du Pont de Nemours and Gabrielle Joséphine de la Fite de Pelleport. He lived with his parents in New York until they established themselves in the wool manufacturing business at Louviers, across the Brandywine Creek from the DuPont powder mills and near Greenville, Delaware. He was educated at Mount Airy seminary, Germantown, Pennsylvania and married Dorcas Montgomery Van Dyke in 1824. They had one son, Victor. After her death, he married Anne Ridgely and had two children, Amelia (who married her cousin Eugene du Pont) and Henry Ridgely du Pont.
Du Pont worked with his father in the Du Pont, Bauday & Co., manufactures of cloth at Louviers, near Greenville, Delaware. On his father's death in 1827 he became the head of the company. He retired from the business in 1856. He was one of the organizers of the Delaware Railroad and President of the Farmers' Bank of Delaware.
Du Pont was a member of the Whig Party, who served in the State Senate from New Castle County during the 1841/42 and 1843/44 sessions and then again in the 1853/54 and 1855/56 sessions.
Death and legacy
Du Pont died January 31, 1869 at Louviers, near Greenville, Delaware, and is buried in the Du Pont family cemetery at Winterthur, near Greenville.
See the du Pont family for more information about other members of his family.
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