Franklin Roosevelt once said of this man, “As long as I live his influence will mean more to me than that of any other people next to my father and mother.” Endicott Peabody was born into a wealthy Boston Brahmin family on May 30, 1857, the son of Samuel Endicott and Marianne Cabot Lee Peabody.
Samuel, a successful Boston merchant and banking executive, could trace his ancestry back to early American Puritans. Endicott’s great grandfather, Joseph Peabody, was at the time of his death one of the wealthiest men in America having made his fortune importing spices and opium. When Endicott was thirteen years old his family moved to England where he later graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1880.
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