George Foster Peabody

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George Foster Peabody
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George Foster Peabody (1907)
Born (1852-07-27)July 27, 1852
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
Died March 4, 1938(1938-03-04) (aged 85)
Warm Springs, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Banker
Known for Namesake of the Peabody Awards

George Foster Peabody (July 27, 1852 – March 4, 1938) was an American banker and philanthropist.[1]

Activism[change | change source]

Peabody retired from business in 1906 to pursue a life of public service.[2] Long interested in social causes, he supported such progressive ideas as the single tax as advocated by Henry George in his book Progress and Poverty, free trade, women's suffrage and government ownership of railroads. He was also active in the anti-war movement.

George Foster Peabody Awards[change | change source]

Perhaps Peabody's best-known legacy is the George Foster Peabody Awards, presented annually since 1941 by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication for excellence in radio, and, since 1948

Death[change | change source]

Peabody died on March 4, 1938 at his home in Warm Springs, Georgia at the age of 85.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ware, Louise (2009). George Foster Peabody: Banker, Philanthropist, Publicist. University of Georgia Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0820334561. 
  2. Anderson, Eric; Moss, Alfred A. (1999). Dangerous Donations: Northern Philanthropy and Southern Black Education, 1902-1930. University of Missouri Press. p. 111. ISBN 978-0826264169. 
  3. "George Foster Peabody". findagrave.com. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 

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