George Peabody facts for kids
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|Died||November 4, 1869
London, England, U.K.
|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.
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Peabody's birthplace, now the George Peabody House Museum, in Peabody, Massachusetts.
The first block of Peabody dwellings in Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London. A wood-engraving published in the Illustrated London News in 1863, shortly before the building opened.
Peabody's funeral in Westminster Abbey
Statue by the Royal Exchange, London
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