Du PONT, HENRY ALGERNON
Du Pont graduated from West Point at the head of his class and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his distinguished service and gallantry at Cedar Creek during the Civil War. In 1875, he was persuaded by his father to leave the military in favor of management at the family's powder firm. Here he was placed in charge of negotiations with officials of other firms and arranging the transportation of products by rail. From this connection, Henry was elected President of the Wilmington and Northern Railroad in May of 1879, thus signing this certificate. In 1902 he declined the Presidency of Du Pont, instead choosing retirement to his personal affairs.