Campaign Portrait, Pete du Pont: A Blueblood With Bold Ideas

A Blueblood With Bold Ideas Pete du Pont's self-made iconoclasm

When Pierre Samuel du Pont IV told his father that he wanted to go to law school, Pierre Samuel du Pont III was baffled. Du Ponts, after all, did not become lawyers, they hired them. Twelve years later, after du Pont had finished law school and fulfilled his filial obligation by working in the family business -- the country's largest chemical company -- he went back to his father. He was restless: one of his more memorable company tasks was assessing whether du Pont should manufacture peanut butter and jelly in an aerosol can. He wanted to try his hand at...

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