Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913

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Birth 1837-04-17
Death 1913-03-31

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From the description of John Pierpont Morgan collection of signers of the Declaration of Independence, 1761-1803. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79448959

Financier, industrial organizer, and art collector. Born in 1837 in Hartford, John Pierpont Morgan was educated in the U.S. and Europe before embarking on a career as a banker. From his first position as an unsalaried clerk at the New York banking firm of Duncan, Sherman & Company, Morgan went on to become a partner at Drexel, Morgan & Co. In 1895, after the death of Anthony J. Drexel, the firm was renamed J.P. Morgan & Co. During these years Morgan presided over the reorganization of the country's railroads as well as the incorporation of the major companies of the twentieth century, including General Electric, International Harvester Company, United States Steel Corporation and AT & T. Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he began to expand the scope of his art collections. By 1902, he had amassed treasures in such proportions that he commissioned the design of a library to be built near his home. In 1912, the growing concern that the financial welfare of the country was left largely in the hands of a few private individuals like Morgan, led to a Congressional hearing. After testifying before the Pujo Committee later that year, Morgan traveled to Egypt where his health rapidly declined. He died in Rome on March 31, 1913.

From the description of Pierpont Morgan papers, 1803-1934 (bulk 1847-1890). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270917553

American financier and art collector.

From the description of Letter : to Mrs. Cornwallis-West, 1912 April 21. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 84414038


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