Investing for Middle America by Kenneth Lipartito
John Elliott Tappan and the Origins of American Express Financial Advisors

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In 1892, John Elliott Tappan, a 24-year-old Minneapolis lawyer, was worried how people saved their money. Out of these concerns, Investors Syndicate was born, one of the first of a new type of financial institution designed to meet the savings needs of the average person. Here is the story of this financial pioneer, whose innovation has today grown into one of the US's largest financial services companies, American Express Financial Advisors. The book draws on Tappan's diaries, business correspondence, and various family oral histories. Tappan's life, work and ideas chronicle the changes in spending and savings, work and leisure, the culture of politics and money, that have given rise to modern notions of consumer finance.

About Kenneth Lipartito

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Kenneth Lipartito is professor of history at Florida International University and author or editor of five books including "Constructing Corporate America: History, Politics, Culture," Orville R. Butleris an associate historian in the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics and coauthor, with Stephen Adams, of "Manufacturing the Future: A History of Western Electric, Peters is Communications Editor at the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.
Published June 23, 1905 by Palgrave/St. Martins. 268 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction

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