George Peabody

American-British entrepreneur and philanthropist

George Peabody (/ˈpbədi/ PEE-bə-dee; February 18, 1795 – November 4, 1869) was an American financier and philanthropist. 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, and was responsible for many other charitable initiatives.

George Peabody
George Peabody by Southworth & Hawes c1850.jpg
George Peabody
Born(1795-02-18)February 18, 1795
DiedNovember 4, 1869(1869-11-04) (aged 74)
Cause of deathPneumonia
Resting placeHarmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts
OccupationFinancier, banker, entrepreneur
Parent(s)Thomas Peabody and Judith Dodge

Peabody was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and made a Freeman of the City of London, among many other honors.

Peabody was given a funeral and temporary grave in Westminster Abbey.[1]


  1. "Funeral of George Peabody at Westminster Abbey". The New York Times. 1869-11-13. p. 3. As soon as the ceremony within the church was over the procession formed again, and advanced to a spot near the western entrance, where a temporary grave had been prepared... Here the body was deposited, and will remain until it is transported to America.

Other websitesEdit

  •   Media related to George Peabody at Wikimedia Commons
  • Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum. Repository of 145 linear feet of Peabody's business and personal papers.