Du Pont family

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Interest of"DuPont", Association Against the Prohibition Amendment
Hugely influential US family

The Du Pont family is a prominent American family descended from Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739–1817). It has been one of the richest families in the United States since the mid-19th century, when it founded its fortune in the gunpowder business.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it expanded its wealth through the chemical industry and the automotive industry,[1] with substantial interests in the DuPont company, General Motors, and various other corporations.

Irénée du Pont (1876–1963) was one of the backers of the business plot, a failed coup in 1933-34 by The Money Trust which intended to install a Wall St-backed fascist government in the USA.[2]

Light jail sentence

In 2014, Robert H. Richards IV, after being convicted of raping his three-year-old daughter, only faced probation after a state Superior Court judge ruled he "will not fare well" in prison. In her decision, Judge Jan Jurden suggested Robert H. Richards IV would benefit more from treatment. Richards, who was charged with fourth-degree rape in 2009, is an unemployed heir living off his trust fund. Richards is the great grandson of du Pont family patriarch Irénée du Pont . The light sentence only became public as the result of a subsequent lawsuit filed by his ex-wife, which charges that he penetrated his daughter with his fingers while masturbating, and subsequently assaulted his son as well. According to the lawsuit filed by Richards' ex-wife, he admitted to assaulting his infant son in addition to his daughter between 2005 and 2007. Richards was initially indicted on two counts of second-degree child rape, felonies that translate to a 10-year mandatory jail sentence per count.[3]

List of selected descendants of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours

Below is an alphabetical listing of selected notable members of the family.


An example

Page nameDescription
Lammot du Pont CopelandPart of the influential DuPont chemical family, activist for population control


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:McCormack–Dickstein Committeetestimony,Congressional hearing1934House Un-American Activities Committee