George Washington Carver

The Amazing African American Peanut Scientist

Who was George W. Carver?

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these,”-George Washington Carver. That is most famous quote by George W. Carver. He was an African American scientist who made Southern African American farmers lives better with his discoveries.


Early Life

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these,”-George Washington Carver. That is most famous quote by George W. Carver. He was an African American scientist who made Southern African American farmers lives better with his discoveries.


Adult Life

When he was an adult, he went to Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute to be a professor. He was supposed to be there for 4 or 5 years, but instead he stayed there for the rest of his life. It was their that he met Booker T. Washington, who also believed that African Americans should be treated equally. Although sometimes Washington and George fought George was really sad when Washington died. At Tuskegee, he was the director of the agricultural experiment station. With the help of Booker T. Washington, he made Agriculture more popular. George really wanted to make Southern African American farmers’ lives better, so he made the Jesup Wagon and they took it to farmers to educate them. It was because of this, and all his discoveries that he became an important African American person.

His Greatest Accomplishments

George W. Carver had many accomplishments. His greatest was probably the uses he discovered from peanuts. Some of these were items that you could use at home! These made farmers plant peanuts so they got more money. Because of this, he was known as the peanut scientist. Also, he discovered with peanut oil, he could cure polio! Another one of his amazing accomplishments was that he made Southern African American farmers, lives easier, by driving the Jesup Wagon. With the help of students from Tuskegee, they drove it around and helped farmers and gave them seeds and plants. He suggested to rotate crops so the soil would have more nutrients and to try planting peanuts and soybeans. George also created a cotton hybrid called Carver’s Hybrid that resisted boll weevil, a bug that eats cotton. With Carver’s help, many farmers lives slowly got better. Because of all of these achievements, he got into the Agricultural Hall of Fame, the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame!


An Amazing African American Scientist

At the age of 70 in 1938, he got very ill with pernicious anemia. Doctors thought that he would die, but they used a new treatment and cured him. After he was sick, he didn’t teach but he still gave speeches. When he was 77, he fell in Tuskegee and died a couple weeks later. He had stamps and coins with his picture and his birthplace was a national monument. George Washington Carver was a amazing African American scientist that led the way for other African Americans. “I am not a finisher... I am a blazer of trails. Others must take up the various trails of truth and carry them on.”


George Washington Carver - Mini Bio

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