du PONT, Thomas Coleman, (1863 - 1930)

Senate Years of Service: 1921-1922; 1925-1928
Party: Republican; Republican

Eleutherian Mills Historical Library

du PONT, Thomas Coleman, (cousin of Henry Algernon du Pont), a Senator from Delaware; born in Louisville, Ky., December 11, 1863; attended the public schools, Urbana University, Urbana, Ohio, Chauncy Hall School, Boston Mass., and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass.; engaged in engineering, later being interested in coal mining, street railways, steel manufacturing, explosives, hotels, office buildings, and road building; moved to Central City, Ky., in 1883 and was engaged as a mining engineer; moved to Johnstown, Pa., in 1893 and engaged in steel manufacturing; moved to Wilmington, Del., in 1900; retired from business activities in 1915; member of the Republican National Committee 1908-1930; appointed on July 7, 1921, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Josiah O. Wolcott and served from July 7, 1921, to November 7, 1922; unsuccessful candidate for election to this vacancy and also for election to the full term; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1924 and served from March 4, 1925, until his resignation on December 9, 1928; died in Wilmington, Del., November 11, 1930; was cremated and committed to a grave in the family burial ground near Christ Church in Christiana Hundred.


Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Rae, John B. “Coleman du Pont and his Road.” Delaware History 16 (Spring-Summer 1975): 171-83.