Banking: The Man Who Cut the Prime

John R. Bunting, president of Philadelphia's First Pennsylvania Banking & Trust Co., says that he wears "the longest hair and widest ties of any banker I know." That is only one reason why he often discomforts conventional colleagues, many of whom rank him second only to Wright Patman, the congressional curmudgeon, as the man they like to dislike. Bunting, a 45-year-old Presbyterian, has publicly castigated other bankers for discriminating against Jews, and has talked of adding youths under 25, consumer crusaders and even militant feminists to First Pennsylvania's board. He has also...

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