John Eleuthère du Pont

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John Eleuthère du Pont was an American philanthropist and heir to the Du Pont family fortune

InformationDetail
BirthdayNovember 22, 1938
Died onDecember 9, 2010
NationalityAmerican
FamousPhilanthropists, University Of Miami, University Of Pennsylvania, Miscellaneous
SpousesGale Wenk
Known asJohn Eleuthere du Pont, John E. Du Pont
Universities
  • University Of Miami,University Of Pennsylvania
  • University of Miami
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Haverford School
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Miami
  • University Of Pennsylvania
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Delaware Museum of Natural History
Birth PlacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenderMale
FatherWilliam du Pont Jr.
Net Worth$200 million
Sun SignScorpio
Born inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Famous asPhilanthropist
Died at Age72

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Who is John Eleuthère du Pont?

John Eleuthère du Pont was someone who can’t be easily categorized. The heir to the Du Pont family, one of the members of the Forbes 400 Richest Americans, Du Pont is more famously known for his philanthropy and sports enthusiasm. He was a self-styled wrestling coach and the founder of the wrestling academy at the Foxcatcher Farm. He supported the pentathlon and amateur sports in the US and sponsored the USA wrestling. Apart from being a sports enthusiast, he had expertise in ornithology, philately, Conchology and had published books in these areas of learning. He was also the founder and director of the Delaware Museum of Natural History. His eccentric behavior started catching eyes, around the time when Du Pont turned 60. He became increasingly disruptive and paranoid, which led to him murdering Dave Schultz, an Olympic gold medalist freestyle wrestler. He shot Schultz at the driveway of the latter’s residence, inside du Pont’s estate. The court declared him as not insane and the verdict was ‘guilty but mentally ill’. Du Pont was sentenced to prison for 13-30 years. He was 72 years of age when he died, inside the prison. His life is portrayed in the 2014 film ‘Foxcatcher’.

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Childhood & Early Life

Born on November 22, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John Eleuthère du Pont was the son of William du Pont Jr. And Jean Lisester Austin.

He was the youngest among the four siblings. They grew up in Lisester Hall in Pennsylvania, which was gifted as a wedding present by his maternal grandfather.

In 1941, when John was two years of age, his parents got divorced. He had a younger half brother from his father’s second marriage.

In 1957, du Pont graduated from Haverford School and in 1965, he graduated from the University of Miami. He had studied Zoology under the guidance of Oscar. T. Owre, the famous scientist.

In 1973, he received his PhD degree in natural science from Villanova University.

Later Life & Career

Du Pont had been part of several scientific expeditions, in the Phillippines and South Pacific, as a part of his graduate work. During the course of this, he discovered about 16 species of birds.

In 1957, he founded the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He served for a long period as the director of this institute.

In 1980, he bought the British Guiana 1856 1c black on magenta, which is one of the rarest stamps in the world.

By 1986, he started taking active interest in wrestling. When Villanova University dropped his wrestling program , he built a wrestling facility along with a training center at his Newtown Square estate.

The estate was renamed as Foxcatcher Farm and the instruction center was called the Foxcather National Training center, after his father’s thoroughbred racing stable. The center, built in 1988, catered to the world’s greatest wrestling talents. He also let famous wrestlers like Mark Schultz and his older brother Dave Schultz live inside the estate.

Du Pont used to promote a division of the modern pentathlon which involved the run-swim-shoot practice.

In his 50s, he started training as a wrestler and went on to take part in the 1992 Veteran’s World Championships in Cali, Colombia, the 1993 championship in Toronto, Ontario, the 1994 in Rome, Italy and the 1995 championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Murder of Dave Schultz & Final Years

On January 26, 1996, John Eleuthère du Pont shot three bullets into Dave Schultz, the coach of his wrestling team, thereby killing him. The witnesses to the crime were Schultz’s wife and the head of Pont’s security.

Following the incident, du Pont locked himself inside his place. The police could arrest him when he came outside to repair his heater.

The police could not find out a motive for the crime. On September 1996, du Pont was declared as ‘psychotic’ and so he could not partake in his own defense. He was admitted to a mental hospital for the next three months. however, the insanity defense was not taken by the court.

On February 25, 1997, the jury found him guilty even though mentally ill. He was sentenced to 13 to 20 years of imprisonment because of third degree murder.

Du Pont was committed to the state Correctional Institution-Mercer in the Pennsylvania prison system.

Major Works

John du Pont is the author of 3 books on Ornithology: ‘Philippine Birds’ (19710, ‘South Pacific Birds’ (1976) and ‘Living Volutes’.

Personal Life & Legacy

On September 3, 1983, du Pont married Gale Wenl, a 29 year old occupational therapist. Within 10 months of the marriage, du Pont filed for divorce.

His wife claimed that du Pont had been physically violent and had even tried to kill her. The divorce was finalized in 1987.

In December 1988, a lawsuit was filed against him which claimed that he had made inappropriate sexual advances towards Andre Metzger, the assistant coach of his Villanova wrestling program.

On December 9, 2010, du Pont died from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He was 72 years of age.

He was buried in his red Foxcatcher wrestling singlet, as stated in his will.

Net worth:

In 1987, it was estimated that John du Pont’s net worth was $200 million.

Trivia

Du Pont had been the subject of the book ‘Wrestling with Madness’ , Mark Schultz’s ‘Foxcatcher: the true sory of my brother’s murder’ along with films like ‘Foxcatcher’ and ‘The Prince of Pennsylvania’.

Apart from the Delaware Museum of Natural History, du Pond had also helped in the funding of a basketball arena (The Pavillion) at the Villanova University which was opened in 1986.

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John Eleuthère du Pont biography timelines

  • // 1856 To 1980
    In 1980, he bought the British Guiana 1856 1c black on magenta, which is one of the rarest stamps in the world.
  • // 22nd Nov 1938
    Born on November 22, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John Eleuthère du Pont was the son of William du Pont Jr. And Jean Lisester Austin.
  • // 1941
    In 1941, when John was two years of age, his parents got divorced. He had a younger half brother from his father’s second marriage.
  • // 1957 To 1965
    In 1957, du Pont graduated from Haverford School and in 1965, he graduated from the University of Miami. He had studied Zoology under the guidance of Oscar. T. Owre, the famous scientist.
  • // 1957
    In 1957, he founded the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He served for a long period as the director of this institute.
  • // 1971 To 1976
    John du Pont is the author of 3 books on Ornithology: ‘Philippine Birds’ (19710, ‘South Pacific Birds’ (1976) and ‘Living Volutes’.
  • // 1973
    In 1973, he received his PhD degree in natural science from Villanova University.
  • // 3rd Sep 1983
    On September 3, 1983, du Pont married Gale Wenl, a 29 year old occupational therapist. Within 10 months of the marriage, du Pont filed for divorce.
  • // 1986
    By 1986, he started taking active interest in wrestling. When Villanova University dropped his wrestling program , he built a wrestling facility along with a training center at his Newtown Square estate.
  • // 1986
    Apart from the Delaware Museum of Natural History, du Pond had also helped in the funding of a basketball arena (The Pavillion) at the Villanova University which was opened in 1986.
  • // 1987
    His wife claimed that du Pont had been physically violent and had even tried to kill her. The divorce was finalized in 1987.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, it was estimated that John du Pont’s net worth was $200 million.
  • // 1988
    The estate was renamed as Foxcatcher Farm and the instruction center was called the Foxcather National Training center, after his father’s thoroughbred racing stable. The center, built in 1988, catered to the world’s greatest wrestling talents. He also let famous wrestlers like Mark Schultz and his older brother Dave Schultz live inside the estate.
  • // Dec 1988
    In December 1988, a lawsuit was filed against him which claimed that he had made inappropriate sexual advances towards Andre Metzger, the assistant coach of his Villanova wrestling program.
  • // 26th Jan 1996
    On January 26, 1996, John Eleuthère du Pont shot three bullets into Dave Schultz, the coach of his wrestling team, thereby killing him. The witnesses to the crime were Schultz’s wife and the head of Pont’s security.
  • // Sep 1996
    The police could not find out a motive for the crime. On September 1996, du Pont was declared as ‘psychotic’ and so he could not partake in his own defense. He was admitted to a mental hospital for the next three months. however, the insanity defense was not taken by the court.
  • // 25th Feb 1997
    On February 25, 1997, the jury found him guilty even though mentally ill. He was sentenced to 13 to 20 years of imprisonment because of third degree murder.
  • // 9th Dec 2010
    On December 9, 2010, du Pont died from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He was 72 years of age.

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    John Eleuthère du Pont was born at 1938-11-22

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    John Eleuthère du Pont was died at 2010-12-09

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    John Eleuthère du Pont was died in State Correctional Institution – Laurel Highlands

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    John Eleuthère du Pont was died at age 72

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    John Eleuthère du Pont was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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    John Eleuthère du Pont's nationalities is American

  • Who is John Eleuthère du Pont spouses?

    John Eleuthère du Pont's spouses is Gale Wenk

  • What was John Eleuthère du Pont universities?

    John Eleuthère du Pont studied at University Of Miami,University Of Pennsylvania, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, Haverford School

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    John Eleuthère du Pont's notable alumnis is University Of Miami, University Of Pennsylvania

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    John Eleuthère du Pont was the founder/co-founder of Delaware Museum of Natural History

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    John Eleuthère du Pont's father is William du Pont Jr.

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    John Eleuthère du Pont is Scorpio

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    John Eleuthère du Pont is famouse as Philanthropist