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Peabody, George Fosterlocked

(27 July 1852–04 March 1938)
  • David O’Donald Cullen

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Peabody, George Foster (27 July 1852–04 March 1938), investment banker and philanthropist, was born in Columbus, Georgia, the son of George Henry Peabody, a merchant, and Elvira Canfield. When he was thirteen, in April 1865, Union troops invaded this small farming community and set fire to most of the buildings near the center of town, including the Peabody store. The family rebuilt the store and opened for business that fall, about the time that Peabody arrived at Deer Hill Institute in Danbury, Connecticut, a private Episcopal boys school. Peabody left the school after less than six months when the family’s efforts to rebuild the business failed. Soon thereafter his father suffered a nervous breakdown, and his mother became the sole financial support for the family....

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