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How Bank of America Became an Icon

By Samuel Phineas Upham The story of Bank of America begins in a rundown office, behind a desk made of two planks stacked atop barrels. The man seated behind the desk, ready to lend money to help rebuild San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906, was Amadeo Gianni. Gianni, who was particularly proud of the fact that all of those loans were eventually repaid, had created the beginnings of a major banking institution...