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  1. du Pont, E. I.

    • IPA[ˌdyo͞o ˈpänt]


    • ph.
      (1771–1834), US industrialist; born in France; full name Éleuthère Irénée du Pont. His gunpowder manufacturing plant near Wilmington, Delaware, established in 1802, grew into a corporate giant, due largely to the government contracts that ensured its early success, especially during the War of 1812.