George Peabody (1795-1869)

George Peabody was a dry-goods importer, a commodities dealer, and an international financier who was also a great philanthropist. He was able to market American securities in London, to accrue great profits for his firm, and to help his nation expand. Among other things, his bonds helped to finance the Mexican-American war and fund the expansion of the railroads. Peabody's success enabled him to become a pioneer in the fields of cultural, educational, and social philanthropy. He was a great supporter of the sciences in America and funded museums at Yale and Harvard. After the Civil War, he established the Peabody Education Fund to improve education in the South and help heal the North/South rift.

1865 circa 5 years
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