Marriner Stoddard Eccles grew up in Logan, Utah, a rich & pious Mormon— grandson of a covered-wagon pioneer, son of a lumber-banking-utilities tycoon. At 19, graduated from Brigham Young College, he went as a missionary to Scotland. He came home, put his capital with the capital of Browning-firearms heirs to start the First Security system which operated 28 banks (now consolidated into twelve) in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming. He became vice president and treasurer of Amalgamated Sugar Co. and headed a construction company which got a big job out of Hoover Dam.*...

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