William du Pont, Jr.

William du Pont, Jr.
Life Magazine, 1951

William du Pont, Jr. (1896-1965), son of William du Pont and Annie Rogers Zinn du Pont, grew up on the family estate in Montpelier, Virginia.

While in his youth he developed interests in hunting, horse racing and breeding, fox hounds, and tennis and later began his lifelong career as a banker at the Delaware Trust Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware. He eventually designated Bellevue Hall in Wilmington as his primary residence.

During his adult years he became a thoroughbred horse breeder, horse track designer, foxhound breeder, and tennis enthusiast and promoter. His horse racing tracks and estates such as Fair Hill in Cecil County, Maryland, Bellevue Hall in Wilmington, Delaware, and Delaware Park, William du Pont, Jr. has made a lasting impact on the Delmarva landscape and history.






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