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George Preston Marshall

George Preston Marshall

Football Executive
Born Oct 11, 1896

George Preston Marshall was the owner and president of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) from 1932 until his death in 1969.

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1896 Birth Marshall was born in Grafton, West Virginia on October 11, 1896 to Thomas Hildebrand ("Hill") Marshall and Blanche Preston Marshall.


1925 28 Years Old In 1925, while he was the owner of a chain of laundries in Washington, D.C., founded by his father, he owned the Washington Palace Five basketball team, also known as the Palace Five Laundrymen from his laundry chain. … Read More


1932 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1932, he and three other partners were awarded an NFL franchise for Boston. … Read More
1933 36 Years Old In 1933 he moved the team from Braves Field to Fenway Park, changing the team nickname to the Redskins. … Read More
1936 39 Years Old He was married to film actress-author Corinne Griffith from 1936 to 1958. (Griffith referred to him in print as " The Marshall without a plan")


1937 40 Years Old Marshall did many things to try to endear the team to the people of Washington. During the 1937 season, Marshall rented a train and brought 10,000 fans to New York to watch the team play the New York Giants. … Read More
1946 49 Years Old While the rest of the league began signing individual blacks in 1946 and actually drafting blacks in 1949, Marshall held out until 1962 before signing a black player. … Read More


1962 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Finally, in 1962, Interior Secretary Stewart Udall and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy issued an ultimatum — unless Marshall signed a black player, the government would revoke the Redskins' 30-year lease on the year-old D.C. Stadium (now Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium), which had been paid for by government money and was owned by the Washington city government (which, then and now, is formally an arm of the federal government).
1963 66 Years Old Marshall suffered a debilitating stroke in 1963, soon after his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1969 73 Years Old He died in August 1969, and his funeral was held at the National Cathedral in Washington with a huge crowd in attendance. … Read More
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