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Encyclopedia > Amadeo Giannini
1928 Time cover featuring Giannini

Amadeo Peter Giannini (1870-1949), born in San Jose, California, was one of the founders of the Bank of America. Image File history File links Time-magazine-cover-amadeo-giannini. ... Image File history File links Time-magazine-cover-amadeo-giannini. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... See also Banc of America Securities, Banc of America Investment Services, Inc. ...


Giannini's parents were Italian, from Liguria near Genoa, immigrants to the United States. He attended Heald College in San Francisco, California. Giannini opened the Bank of Italy in a former San Francisco saloon on 17 October 1904. Deposits on that first day totaled $8,780. An early difficulty to overcome was the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. However, the earthquake actually helped Giannini gain something of a loan monopoly. After the earthquake, he moved the vault's money to his home outside the fire zone in then-rural San Mateo, an 18-mile drive by horse and wagon. The raging fires severely heated the vaults of other big banks which had the money in them. Opening them immediately would ruin the money, so they had to be kept closed for weeks. Because of this, Giannini was one of the few who was able to provide loans at the time. Giannini was forced to run his bank from a plank across two barrels in the street for a time. Giannini made loans on a handshake to anyone who was interested in rebuilding. Years later, he would recount with pride that every single loan was repaid. Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. ... Genoa (Genova [] in Italian - Zena [] in Genoese) is a city and a seaport in northern Italy, the capital of the Province of Genoa and of the region of Liguria. ... Map of the world with countries colored according to their immigrant population as a percentage of total population: Immigration is the movement of people with large poos from one nation-state to another. ... Heald College is the nations oldest business career college in the western United States. ... Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... The Bank of Italy was founded in San Francisco, California, USA, in 1904 by Amadeo Giannini. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was a major earthquake at San Francisco, California on the early morning of Wednesday, April 18, 1906. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... San Mateo, Spanish for Saint Matthew, is the name of several places: San Mateo County, California, United States of America San Mateo, California, United States of America (in San Mateo County) San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might...


By 1916 Giannini had expanded and opened several other branches. In 1928, Giannini approached Orra E. Monnette, President and Chairman of the Bank of America, Los Angeles about a merger of the two financial institutions. Upon finalizing the merger, Giannini and Monnette concurred that the Bank of America name idealized the broader mission of the new bank. The new institution continued under Giannini's chairmanship until his retirement in 1945; Monnette retained his Board seat and Officer's position. Prior to Monnette's creation of the Bank of America Los Angeles network, most banks were limited to a single city or region. By diversifying the scope of community that the BoA served following its merger, the insitution was better prepared to ride out minor, local economic issues. 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Orra Eugene Monnette (1877-1936). ... The Bank of America, Los Angeles was established in 1923 by Orra E. Monnette, emerging from a series of mergers between banks between 1909 and 1923. ... See also Banc of America Securities, Banc of America Investment Services, Inc. ... Year 1945and died 2007 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up Region in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Giannini is credited as the inventor of many modern banking practices. Most notably, Giannini was one of the first bankers to offer banking services to middle-class Americans, rather than simply the upper class. The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... Upper class refers to the group of people at the top of a social hierarchy. ...


A liberal in a conservative field, Giannini and his bank helped nurture the motion picture and wine industries in California. He loaned Walt Disney the funds to produce "Snow White", the first full length animated motion picture. In the depths of the Depression, he bought the bonds that financed the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. During World War II, he bankrolled industrialist Henry Kaiser and his enterprises which supported the War effort. After the War, he visited Italy and arranged for loans to help rebuild the war-torn Fiat factories. For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Henry Kaiser is: An industrialist involved with the construction of Boulder (now Hoover) Dam, see Henry J. Kaiser; A musician—see Henry Kaiser (musician). ... Fiat Group, or Fiat S.p. ...


Giannini founded another company, Transamerica Corporation, as a holding company for his various interests, including Occidental Life Insurance Company. At one time, Transamerica was the controlling shareholder in Bank of America. They were separated by legislation enacted by the U.S. Congress to thwart Giannini's ambitions. Transamerica Corporaion is an insurance and investment company in the United States. ... The Congress of the United States is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States of America. ...


Upon Giannini's death in 1949, his son Mario Giannini, who had been afflicted with polio in his youth, took over leadership of the Bank, and Giannini's daughter, Claire Giannini Hoffman, took her father's seat on the Bank's Board of Directors--one of the first women bank directors in the nation, where she remained until the 1980s. Giannini is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, CA. Poliomyelitis (polio), or infantile paralysis, is a viral paralytic disease. ... Holy Cross Cemetery may refer to: Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California Holy Cross Cemetery in New York City, New York Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Category: ... Colma is a small town in San Mateo County, California, at the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula next to Daly City and South San Francisco. ...


The large plaza of the Bank of America Building at California Street and Kearny in downtown San Francisco is named for Giannini, as is a middle school in San Francisco, the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural economics, and the building that houses the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Bank of America Tower is the name of several buildings: Bank of America Tower (Albuquerque) in New Mexico Bank of America Tower (Boca Raton) in Florida Bank of America Tower (Jacksonville) in Florida Bank of America Tower (Los Angeles) in California Bank of America Tower (Lubbock) in Texas Bank of... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Agricultural economics applies the principles of economics to the production of crops and livestock. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ...


The U.S. Postal Service honored Giannini's contributions to American banking by issuing a postage stamp bearing his portrait in 1973. A ceremony to mark the occasion was held near his former home in San Mateo, CA. A USPS Truck at Night A U.S. Post Office sign The United States Postal Service (USPS) is the United States government organization responsible for providing postal service in the United States and is generally referred to as the post office. ...


TIME Magazine named A. P. Giannini one of the "builders and titans" of the twentieth century. He was the only banker so named to this distinguished list of the 100 most important people of the century. (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...


American Banker Magazine recognized him as one of the five most influential bankers of the twentieth century.


In 2004, the Italian government honored Giannini with an exhibition and ceremony in Parliament to mark the centennial of his founding of the Bank of Italy. The exhibition was the result of the collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, the Smithsonian Institution, Italian Professor Guido Crapanzano and Peter F. De Nicola, an American collector of Giannini memorabilia. The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ...


External Links

  • Time Magazine profile of Amadeo Giannini
  • Biography resources dedicated to Amadeo Giannini

The Literary Digest reported: "According to his office it has been Americanized to jee-a-nin'ee. This brought abusive protests from readers who denounced our ignorance of Italian." (Charles Earle Funk, What's the Name, Please?, Funk & Wagnalls, 1936.) The Literary Digest was an influential general-interest magazine in the early 20th century United States. ...


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