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Endicott Peabody

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

    Endicott Peabody

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    • Grandfather of Endicott Peabody — 3rd Generation
    • Ahnentafel No:
    • Birth Date:
    • 30 May 1857 
    • Birth Location:
    • Salem, Essex, Massachusetts 
    • Christening Date:
    • Christening Location:
    • Death Date:
    • 17 Nov 1944 
    • Death Location:
    • Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts 
    • Burial Date:
    • Burial Location:
    • Groton Cemetery, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts 
    • Marriage Date:
    • 18 Jun 1885 
    • Marriage Location:
    • Grace Church, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts 
    • Notes: 
    • Founder of Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts

      Endicott Peabody was the headmaster at Groton School while Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a student. He officiated at the marriage of Franklin Roosevelt to Eleanor Roosevelt.

      Franklin Roosevelt once commented about Endicott Peabody, “As long as I live his influence will mean more to me than that of any other people next to my father and mother.”

      One of the little known facts about the Rev. Peabody is that he lived for awhile in one of the wildest towns in the West — Tombstone, Arizona. There is a story about the Rev. Peabody and his time out west that went something as follows:

      In the summer of 1881, the Rev. Peabody was invited to Charleston, about 9 miles southwest of Tombstone, to deliver a sermon. His subject was about the evils of cattle rustling, drinking and carousing. Billy Claybourn, a local man who had apparently killed a couple of men in saloon fights in Charleston, and who would later be killed himself by Frank Leslie in Tombstone, heard about the sermon and sent a message to the Rev. Peabody. He told the Rev. Peabody that if he ever returned to Charleston and preached another sermon like that, he would come to the church and make the Reverend “dance.” The Rev. Peabody is reported to have responded that he expected to return to Charleston in two weeks to give another sermon that he thought appropriate and if Mr. Claybourn would come to the church and listen to it, and then thought he could make him dance, to try it.

      The marriage of the Rev. Endicott Peabody and Fannie Peabody was registered in both Danvers and Salem, Massachusetts. Secondary sources state that the marriage took place at Grace Church in Salem.

      There are plenty of publications that give the date of the Rev. Peabody's death as 20 JAN 1945, especially published biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt that like to claim that he died on FDR's fourth inauguration. I'm not sure where this false claim originated as his death actually occurred two months earlier on 17 NOV 1944. Newspapers around the country reported on 18 NOV 1944 the death of the Rev. Peabody who was found dead in his car. He apparently was able to stop the car on the side of the road before he died.

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