Who Was George Peabody?
George Peabody was born on Feb. 18, 1795, in South Danvers, Massachusetts. He worked in a dry-goods warehouse and by 1829 was a senior partner. In 1837, he moved to London and established a merchant banking house specializing in foreign exchange. A philanthropist, he supported education and establishing museums and libraries. In 1868, his birthplace was renamed Peabody in his honor.
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