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Peabody, George Foster

Peabody, George Foster pē´bädē [key], 1852–1938, American banker and philanthropist, b. Columbus, Ga. Successful early in life as a banker and organizer of railroads and utility companies, he retired (1906) from business to devote himself to philanthropy and public service. He became a trustee of many colleges and universities in the United States and fought for the furtherance of education for blacks.

See biography by E. L. Ware (1951).

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