St. James of the Marche (1394 - 1476)
Born on the Adriatic Seacoast, he earned doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia. He joined the Franciscan order of Friars Minor and led a very penitential lifestyle, sleeping as few as three hours a night, and fasting for nine months out of the year. He studied theology with Saint John of Capistrano. He was ordained a priest in 1420 and began preaching all over Europe, converting people by the thousands.
Because of the extreme poverty he saw in his travels, he established the forerunner of the modern pawnshop, which he called, montes pietatis (literally, mountains of charity), which were non-profit organizations, where a low-interest loan could be obtained using pawned objects as collateral. This and his preaching made him unpopular, and twice would-be assassins lost their nerve when coming face to face with him.
James was canonized in 1726.