Lead: At his peak at the turn of the twentieth century, American financier J. P. Morgan was one of the most powerful financial figures in U.S. history.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: John Pierpont Morgan was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1837. Unlike his contemporaries, John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, Morgan did not have humble beginnings. The son of an international banker, he was educated in the United States, Switzerland, and Germany, and he cultivated a high appreciation for art and music at an early age.