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George Peabody
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George Peabody
Born (1795-02-18)February 18, 1795
Died November 4, 1869(1869-11-04) (aged 74)
Cause of death Pneumonia
Resting place Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts
Occupation Financier, banker, entrepreneur
Parent(s) Thomas Peabody and Judith Dodge

George Peabody ( PEE-bə-dee; February 18, 1795 – November 4, 1869) was an American financier and philanthropist, and slave trader. He was widely thought as the father of modern philanthropy. He founded the Peabody Trust in Britain and the Peabody Institute and George Peabody Library in Baltimore.

Peabody's early company Riggs, Peabody and Co. was based in Maryland, a slave state. It bought and sold slaves as well as related goods like clothing for slaves. When he lived in London, he received visits from his relative Herbert C. Peabody, a slave owner and cotton planter in Mobile, Alabama.

Peabody was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and made a Freeman of the City of London, among many other honors. He was given a funeral and temporary grave in Westminster Abbey.

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