George Washington Carver
Birthplace: near Diamond Grove, MO
Education: Iowa State College
After a university in Kansas refused to admit him because he was African
American, George Washington Carver attended Simpson College before transferring
to Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now Iowa State
University), from which he earned a B.S. degree in agricultural science,
and an M.S. degree in 1896. Carver's fame is closely associated with Tuskegee
University (then Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute), of which he
became the director of agricultural research in 1896, and where he remained
until his death in 1943. Carver revolutionized southern agriculture by
introducing peanut, soybean, and sweet potato production to replenish
nitrogen in the soil, which had been largely depleted by cotton growth.
When southern farmers grew peanuts and soybeans and found a limited market
for them, Carver set to work developing commercial applications for them,
creating more than 300 peanut-based products, including milk, cheese,
flour, ink, dyes, wood stains, soap, and cosmetics. In addition, he developed
118 sweet potato-based products, including vinegar, molasses, rubber,
ink, and postage stamp glue. Shortly before his death in 1940, Carver
donated his entire savings to Tuskegee to found the Carver Research Foundation
for research in agriculture.
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