In a breathtaking display of self-confidence, J.P. Morgan refilled the Treasury’s gold reserves and saved the monetary standard for four more decades.
Author John Steele Gordon
Congress has sometimes shielded bankers from the consequences of bad policies. This has occasionally brought on disaster.
For five hours, she pleaded, she shouted and she threatened, while crowds out on Wall Street watched the drama through the bank’s big plate glass windows.
In 1954 bank architecture joined the 20th century, with a revolutionary bank branch at 43rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
It was the Bank of England and the British national debt that made Great Britain a superpower.
An institution whose whole purpose had been to safeguard the money of the country’s poorest ended up destroying it.
It had been a near-run thing but the Panic of 1907 subsided—and the crisis had one positive outcome.
Having devoted his entire adult life to accumulating one of the great fortunes of the age—while spending as little as possible in the process—George Peabody spent his last decade giving it away.
When we think of Gilded Age bankers, we tend to think of top-hatted men with names like Morgan, Stillman and Peabody. But there is one conspicuous exception: Amadeo Peter Giannini.