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This Day in Georgia History

July 27, 1852

George Foster Peabody Born

Philanthropist George Foster Peabody was born in Columbus, Georgia. Blessed with a talent for finance and business, he accumulated a fortune by age 50. Peabody also was one of the organizing forces in creation of what would become General Electric. After retiring at age 54, Peabody spent his life and fortune in helping worthy causes. He bought a home in Warm Springs and was responsible for introducing Franklin Roosevelt to the thermal springs for treating his polio. Peabody died in Warm Springs in 1938 but is remembered for his charitable work and the Peabody Awards, which were established by the University of Georgia the year after his death.

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Source: Library of Congress