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Du Pont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain by Mark Crispin Miller, Gerard Colby Zilg

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THE NEW ORDER

1. APPEARETH THE “SAVIOR”

On January 21, 1902, Eugene du Pont, 62-year old president of Du Pont Company, failed to appear at his office. He had a cold, it was reported. One week later he was dead.

Eugene’s death from pneumonia was more than just a personal shock to his family. It was also a business crisis, perhaps the greatest the family had ever faced. Decades of failing to bring young Du Ponts into the seats of power now came back to haunt the elders in their time of greatest need. Eugene’s younger brother Frank, the next in line of succession, was too ill to take over the firm. In fact, he would join his dead brother at Sand Hole within two years. Eugene’s other brother, Dr. Alexis, was also ill. He too would die within ...

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