Pierre S. du Pont
duPont headed the duPont Corporation during the period of the first World War. During duPont’s presidency, the corporation was greatly expanded in order to meet munitions orders from the United States and Allied countries. duPont increased the company’s munitions production from 1 million pounds per month to 1 million pounds per day. duPont manufactured close to 1.5 billion pounds of military explosives during the war, and employed a high of 86,000 workers. In the process, duPont totally reorganized the explosives industry.