George Preston Marshall

George Preston Marshall

About George Preston Marshall

George Preston Marshall (October 11, 1896--August 9, 1969) was the owner and president of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) from 1932 until his death in 1969. Marshall was born in Grafton, West Virginia on October 11, 1896 to Thomas Hildebrand ('Hill') Marshall and Blanche Preston Marshall. 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. The team folded in 1928. In 1932, he and three other partners were awarded an NFL franchise for Boston. This team became known as the Boston Braves, as they played on the same field as baseball's Boston Braves. Marshall's partners left the team after one season, leaving him in control. In 1933 he moved the team from Braves Field to Fenway Park, changing the team nickname to the Redskins. In 1937 he moved the team to Washington.

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