George Peabody, The Philanthropist, Gets A Google Logo

Mar 16, 2018 - 7:14 am 0 by
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George Peabody Philanthropist Google Logo

On the Google home page today is a very kind looking Google Doodle with George Peabody and children. The Doodle is not there because of George Peabody's birthday, that would be on February 18, 1795, 223+ years ago. It is on the date he was awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Harvard University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law by Oxford University.

Google said they are celebrating George Peabody, a man widely considered “the father of modern philanthropy.” Google wrote:

Born in 1795 to a poor family in Massachusetts, Peabody had only a few years’ worth of education before opening a local general store. His experience in the dry goods business expanded and led to international trade in London, where he would eventually work as a banker and settle in 1837. In that role, Peabody accumulated great wealth and his involvement in both the American and English business and social scenes provided him widespread recognition.

During his life, Peabody immersed himself in public causes, with a particular focus on educational initiatives. In fact, it was on this day in 1867 that he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal after donating $2,000,000 (upwards of $30,000,000 today!) for the advancement of education, an act of generosity made all the more impressive by the fact that he left school at the age of 11. It’s believed that Peabody gifted over $8,000,000 in the course of his lifetime, about half of his $16,000,000 fortune.

Fun fact: Today's Doodle art is the result of a Doodle team volunteer mural project at George Peabody Elementary School in San Francisco, California! The mural currently resides in the student cafeteria. Check out a timelapse of the process below!

Again, I am not sure why not celebrate him on his birthday, like all the other Doodles?

Forum discussion at Twitter.

 

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