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Richard Rogers Peabody

  • Birth 23 Jan 1892 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 26 Apr 1936 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 13530276

Social Reformer. An early 20th Century pioneer in the treatment of alcoholism, he was a scion of one of the most prominent of New England families, and was afflicted with alcoholism in young adulthood, which was exacerbated by his wartime experiences. He had served as a Captain in the United States Army's 15th Field Artillery, 2nd Division, AEF, during World War I. His disease led to the disolution of his marriage to Mary Phelps "Polly" Jacob, who would invent the first brassiere. He became a disciple of the Emmanuel Movement, named for Boston's Emmanuel Church where clergy and lay practitioners reported success in treating alcoholics. He wrote "The Common Sense of Drinking," published by Little Brown in 1931, and reprinted in 1933, in which he was the first to state there was no cure for alcoholism. The book was a best seller and had a major influence on Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. Peabody continued to treat alcoholics though he was neither a medical professional nor a psychologist. It is believed the disease led to his own early death at the age of 44.

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  • Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 13530276
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Rogers Peabody (23 Jan 1892–26 Apr 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13530276, citing Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .