Du Pont, T. Coleman (Thomas Coleman), 1863-1930

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In 1902 the control of the hundred year old Du Pont Company passed into the hands of three younger du Pont cousins, T. Coleman, Pierre S., and Alfred I.T. Coleman du Pont, who became president after the 1902 incorporation, had spent the previous two decades involved in the coal, iron, and street railway industries of Kentucky and Western Pennsylvania. His major investment was in The Johnson Company of Johnstown, Pa., and Lorain, Ohio, to which he introduced modern engineering principles and management techniques. When T. Coleman du Pont assumed the presidency of Du Pont, the company was technologically backward and leaderless. The three cousins transformed the firm into a modern science-based corporation. After taking office as president of the Du Pont Company, T. Coleman du Pont proceeded to acquire control over more than 100 competing explosives manufacturers. This process culminated in the formation of the so-called "powder trust" which led to a 1908 anti-trust suit by the federal government. After losing this suit Du Pont was forced to divest itself of the Atlas and Hercules Powder Companies. Once the consent decree was signed, T. Coleman du Pont stepped down and Pierre S. du Pont became president of the company.

From the description of Papers, 1900-1908. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122516292

T. Coleman du Pont was born in Louisville, Ky., on December 11, 1863, the eldest son of Antoine Bidermann and Ellen Coleman du Pont. After graduating from M.I.T. he was sent by his father to the family coal mines in western Kentucky, where he learned the business from the bottom up, working as a miner before gradually rising to superintendent. In 1893 he left the Central Coal & Iron Company and became general manager of the Johnson Company's steel plant at Johnstown, Pa. Subsequently, he promoted electric street railways, and in 1902 joined with his cousins Alfred I. and Pierre S. du Pont to reorganize the Du Pont Company, of which he was president until March 1915. He then sold his Du Pont stock and devoted the last phase of his business career to investments in hotels and office buildings. He was senator from Delaware in 1921-1928. T. Coleman du Pont died on November 11, 1930.

From the description of Letterpress copybook, 1891-1893. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122554638

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referencedIn Manufacturers Contracting Company. Journal, 1908-1912. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, H. A. (Henry Algernon), 1838-1926. Papers, 1843-1926. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Eugene, 1873-1954. Papers, 1835-1956. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Maxim, Hudson, 1853-1927. Papers, 1851-1925. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954. "Mexican Account" papers, 1890-1913. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Explosives Dept. Records, 1889-1971. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Du Pont war work, 1914-1920. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont family. Du Pont family papers, 1804-1962. Historical Society of Delaware
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Office of the president. Records, 1909-1952 (bulk 1914-1948). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Power & Light Company. Predecessor and subsidiary companies. Records, 1853-1957. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Secretary's Dept. Records, 1904-1967. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Records of absorbed companies, 1756-1937 (bulk 1875-1915). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954. Papers relating to E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, 1800-1954. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Lincoln Highway Association. Lincoln Highway Association correspondence, 1912-1923. University of California, Bancroft Library, ARL
referencedIn Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954. Papers in the case of the United States versus E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, General Motors Corporation, et al., 1909-1954. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Campbell, Charles D. 1863-1933. Charles D. Campbell papers 1903-2001 The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Artillery Fuse Company. Records 1908-1923. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, A. B. (Antoine Bidermann), 1865-1919. Antoine Bidermann du Pont : papers, 1900-1960. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Rothert, Otto Arthur, 1871-1956. Otto Arthur Rothert : miscellaneous papers, 1910-1921. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Henning-Charette family. Henning-Charette family papers- Van Stockum collection, 1893-1950. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Du Pont, Francis Gurney, 1850-1904. Papers, 1818-1947. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Miller, Thomas W. (Thomas Woodnutt), 1886-1973. Papers, 1914-1917. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954. Papers concerning The Johnson Company and related firms, 1883-1923. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Du Pont, T. Coleman (Thomas Coleman), 1863-1930. Letterpress copybook, 1891-1893. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Records (Series II), 1765-1962 (bulk 1902-1962). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Coleman, Margaretta du Pont, 1862-1938. Papers, 1852-1915. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Wilmington and Kennett Turnpike Company. Records, 1811-1921. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont family. Miscellany, 1962-1976. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Legal Dept. Records, 1801-1965. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Du Pont, T. Coleman (Thomas Coleman), 1863-1930. Papers, 1900-1908. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company. Records, 1858-1955 (bulk 1903-1926). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Francis Victor, 1894-1962. Francis Victor du Pont family papers, 1804-1961 [bulk, 1915-1960]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Correspondence, 1805-1901. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Records of subsidiary companies, 1885-1933. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Lukens Steel Company. Executive officer files, 1903-1979. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Financial Dept. Records of Vice President Henry Tatnall, 1897-1940 (bulk 1909-1940). Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961. Tom Wallace papers, 1925-1960. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Godwin, John. Miscellany concerning T. Coleman du Pont's political career, 1910-1928. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954. Papers, 1880-1954. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Du Pont, T. Coleman (Thomas Coleman), 1863-1930. Memorandum of understanding when in conversation between A. J. Moxham and T. C. du Pont, 1902 [photocopy]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Cauffiel, Daniel, 1867-1930. Papers, 1867-1930. Hagley Museum & Library
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associatedWith American Cartridge and Ammunition Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Artillery Fuse Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Austin Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Birmingham Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith California Powder Works. corporateBody
associatedWith California Vigorit Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Cambria Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Campbell, Charles D. 1863-1933. person
associatedWith Cauffiel, Daniel, 1867-1930. person
associatedWith Central Coal and Iron Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Coast Manufacturing and Supply Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Coleman, Margaretta du Pont, 1862-1938. person
associatedWith Dovey, W. H. corporateBody
associatedWith Du Pont, A. B. (Antoine Bidermann), 1865-1919. person
associatedWith Du Pont, Alfred I. (Alfred Irénée), 1864-1935. person
associatedWith Du Pont, Bidermann, 1837-1923. person
associatedWith Du Pont Building (Wilmington, Del.) corporateBody
associatedWith Du Pont, Eugene, 1873-1954. person
associatedWith Du Pont family. family
associatedWith Du Pont family. person
associatedWith Du Pont, Francis Gurney, 1850-1904. person
associatedWith Du Pont, Francis Victor, 1894-1962. person
associatedWith Du Pont, H. A. (Henry Algernon), 1838-1926. person
associatedWith Du Pont International Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954. person
associatedWith Eastern Dynamite Company. corporateBody
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. person
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. corporateBody
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Explosives Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Legal Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Office of the president. corporateBody
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Secretary's Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Equitable Powder Manufacturing Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Giant Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Greenville Coal Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hazard Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Henning-Charette family. person
associatedWith Jellico Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Judson Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith King Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Lincoln Highway Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Lukens Steel Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Manufacturers Contracting Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Maxim, Hudson, 1853-1927. person
associatedWith Metropolitan Powder Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Mexican National Dynamite and Explosives Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Miller, Thomas W. (Thomas Woodnutt), 1886-1973. person
associatedWith Moxham, Arthur James, 1854-1931. person
associatedWith Pennsylvania Power & Light Company. Predecessor and subsidiary companies. corporateBody
associatedWith Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Financial Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Peyton Chemical Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Rothert, Otto Arthur, 1871-1956. person
associatedWith Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961. person
associatedWith Wilmington and Kennett Turnpike Company. corporateBody
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Great Britain
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Subject
Antitrust investigations
Consolidation and merger of corporations
Coal mines and mining
Cartels
Rebates--Explosives industry
Chemical industry
Bituminous coal industry
Explosives industry
Foreign trade promotion--Explosives industry
Gunpowder industry
Competition--Explosives industry
Personnel management--Explosives industry
Sulfur deposits
Trusts, Industrial
Concessions--Explosives industry
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Birth 1863-12-11

Death 1930-11-11

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