George Washington Carver
Essay title: George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver, most referred to the “Peanut Man” was born into
slavery around 1864 in Diamond, Missouri. His birth date is not known for sure because
birth records were not properly kept by the slave owners. As a child, he was very sick and
no one ever thought that he would grow to be one of the most distinguished agriculturists
in America.
Unfortunately, George never got to know his parents. His father was killed in an
accident and his mother was kidnapped by night raiders. So, George was raised by his
owners; Moses and Susan Carver. They treated George and his brother Jim as their own
sons. As a child, George had exceptional observational skills and a keen curiosity. His
love for nature and animals was beyond his age. Moses and Susan tried very hard to
satisfy his needs. But, they realized that he needed to go to a regular school. Since colored
children were not allowed in the schools for white children, George had to leave the town
and go to Neosho, Missouri to attend school. Later he moved to Fort Scott, Kansas to
attend High school.
School was full of hardships and struggle for George. Since he never had enough
money to pay his fees, he often had to drop out temporarily to earn and then enroll again.
During this period he worked many odd jobs as a housekeeper, cook, gardener, and
launder. He did every job with devotion and tried to achieve perfection. Thus he gained
recognition everywhere he went. After finishing high school, he applied to Highland
University and was accepted until the college later learned that he was black and therefore
refused his entrance. Finally, at the age of thirty, Carver was finally accepted to Simpson
College in Iowa. After a year there, he left to attend the Iowa Agricultural College where
he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1894, and his Masters Degree in 1896.
George was the first black American to graduate from this college.
Carver was offered a number of jobs because of his wonderful work ethic, but he
accepted the invitation of Booker T. Washington to teach at the Tuskegee Institute, where
he accepted a position as an instructor at the Tuskegee Institute of Technology.
At Tuskegee, Carver developed his famous crop rotation method. Nitrate
producing legumes like peanuts and sweet potatoes were planted during

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