George Washington Carver

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In History
  • Born and Death

    Born and Death
    Born: January 1864 in Diamond Grove, Missouri
    The exact day and year of his birth are "unknown"; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864. He was born in slavery. Upon returning home one day, Carver took a bad fall down a flight of stairs; he was found unconscious by a maid who took him to a hospital. Carver died January 5, 1943, at the age of 78 from complications resulting from this fall.
  • George was kidnapped

    George was kidnapped
    He was born during the Civil War years, most likely in 1864. A week after his birth, George was kidnapped along with his sister and mother from the Carver farm by raiders from the neighboring state of Arkansas. The three were sold in Kentucky, and among them only the infant George was located by an agent of Moses Carver and returned to Missouri.
  • His parents

    His parents
    George was raised by the Carvers. Slavery had been abolished by the 13th amendment and the Carvers had no children of their own. They took care of George and his brother James like their own children teaching them to read and write. Growing up George liked to learn about things. He was especially interested in animals and plants. He also liked to read the Bible.
  • Education

    Susan Carver taught George to read and write, since no local school would accept black students at the time.George was accepted to Minneapolis High School, Simpson College, Iowa State Agricultural College. After graduating from Iowa State, Carver went for f teaching and research. Booker T. Washington, the principal of the African-American Tuskegee Institute, hired Carver to run the school's agricultural department
  • Teaching

    For nearly twenty years (1896-1915) Carver labored in the shadow of Washington. He taught classes and operated the only all-black agricultural experiment station, but he proved inept at administration, provoking frequent clashes with the principal.
  • Rise to being famous

    Rise to being famous
    Carver's work at Tuskegee included groundbreaking research on plant biology that brought him to national prominence. Many of these early experiments focused on the development of new uses for crops such as peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans. Carver was very famous for this type of work.
  • Legacy

    George Washington Carver was known as the "farmer's best friend". His work on crop rotation and innovative products helped many farmers to survive and make a good living. His interest was in science and helping others. He didn't patent most of his work because he considered his ideas as gifts from God. George died on January 5, 1943, after falling down the stairs at his home.
  • What is he known for

    What is he known for
    Carver heard the complaints and retired to his laboratory for a solid week, during which he developed several new products that could be produced from peanuts. When he introduced these products to the public in a series of simple brochures, the market for peanuts skyrocketed. Today, Carver is credited with saving the agricultural economy of the rural South.
  • The Peanut Man

    The Peanut Man
    George Washington Carver was always interested in plants. When he was a child, he was known as the "plant doctor." He had a secret garden where he grew all kinds of plants. People would ask him for advice when they had sick plants. Sometimes he'd take their plants to his garden and nurse them back to health.
  • An Expert on Agriculture

    An Expert on Agriculture
    Carver became known around the world as an expert on agriculture. He advised President Theodore Roosevelt and the U.S. Congress on matters of agriculture. He even worked with Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi to help with growing crops in India.