George Swinnerton Parker (George Swinnerton Parker)

George Swinnerton Parker

Businessman. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, he was a board game inventor and industrialist, who founded Parker Brothers. In 1883, at the age of 16, he published his first game, called “Banking”. He then founded his game company, initially called the George S. Parker Company, followed up with two more games, “Famous Men” and “Baker’s Dozen”. When his brothers Charles and Edward joined the business in 1888, the company’s name was changed to Parker Brothers. The company continued to grow throughout the next several decades, producing such lasting games as “The Dickens Game”, “Ivanhoe”, “Rook”, “Clue” and the ever popular “Monopoly”. George Parker died on September 26, 1952, at age 85 in Salem, Massachusetts. Parker Brothers remained family owned until 1968, when it was sold to General Mills. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)


  • December, 12, 1866
  • USA


  • September, 09, 1952
  • USA


  • Harmony Grove Cemetery
  • Massachusetts
  • USA

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