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

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Seven

DU PONT CIVIL WAR

1. ROUND ONE—THE BATTLE OVER OPERATION

All was not victory for Coleman du Pont in the first few years of his reign over Du Pont Company. In fact, the 1907 federal suit against the company would make these first years with Du Pont his only years. But perhaps his greatest thorn was his cousin and vice-president, Alfred I. du Pont.

Right from the beginning of the new order under the three cousins, differences arose between Coleman and Alfred. Coleman wanted to close the Brandywine mills. Alfred objected. Coleman wanted to move the company’s headquarters to New York. Alfred again objected. In both cases, Alfred won.

Alfred, in turn, was worried about Coleman’s increasing power in the firm. Frank, Charles I., and Dr. Alexis ...

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