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Born 17 April 1837 – J. P. Morgan

John Pierpont Morgan, a titan who straddled the worlds of finance and philanthropy, was born on April 17, 1837, in Hartford, Connecticut. He rose to prominence on Wall Street during the Gilded Age, leading the banking firm that eventually became J.P. Morgan and Co. Nicknamed “Pierpont” to distinguish him from his father; J.P. Morgan displayed a keen financial mind from a young age. He rose through his family’s banking business ranks, eventually taking the helm in 1890.

Morgan wielded immense influence, orchestrating massive corporate mergers that created industrial giants like U.S. Steel and General Electric. He also played a pivotal role in stabilising the American economy during financial panics, most famously in 1907 when he helped to avert a complete meltdown. A shrewd businessman and a patron of the arts, Morgan amassed a vast personal fortune while also funding prestigious institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. J.P. Morgan died peacefully in his sleep on March 31, 1913, in Rome, Italy. His legacy remains complex, and he is admired for his financial acumen and criticized for the monopolistic power he wielded.

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