FLORIDA—THE HIDDEN EMPIRE
1. ALFRED THE CONQUEROR
On a warm autumn day in September of 1970 a line of mourners quietly filed across the manicured grounds of Nemours, the Delaware estate of the late Alfred I. du Pont. Slowly they approached the tall stone bell tower that loomed overhead.
Beneath that carillon rested the remains of the man who, in his struggle with Pierre du Pont, had torn the Du Pont clan asunder over five decades ago. The greatest “rebel” in Du Pont history, Alfred I. du Pont, had died in Florida in 1935. Now his family and friends gathered to place next to him the remains of his third and last wife, Jessie.
While Jessie Ball du Pont was being entombed next to her husband in Delaware, mourners also gathered a thousand ...