George Peabody, an American living in London, had endowed an music institute for his home city in 1857. The Peabody Institute was incorporated on March 9, 1858 and its cornerstone was laid at the corner of Charles and Monument Streets in Baltimore, Maryland. The building was not completed until after the Civil War and was dedicated on October 25, 1866. (By John Osborne)
Charlton Thomas Lewis, Joseph H. Willsey, Harper's Book of Facts: A Classified History of the World; Embracing Science, Literature, and Art (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895), 75.