Famed photographer Edward Steichen took J. Pierpont Morgan’s photograph. The brusque banker took one look at it and tore it up. “Meeting his blazing dark eyes,? Steichen recalled, “was like confronting the headlights of an express train bearing down on you.? J. Pierpont Morgan’s name conjures up images of high finance on Wall Street. It should, for Pierpont was the nation’s most influential power broker during the Gilded Age, a man who controlled railroads, shipping lines, the steel industry, money and banking. Unlike many other titans, Pierpont never tasted poverty. His maternal grandfather was a founder of Yale and his paternal grandfather started Aetna Fire Insurance Co. in Hartford, Conn. Pierpont’s father, Junius, was a man of wealth and influence, heading J.S. Morgan & Co., a successor to George Peabody's bank in London.