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George Washington Carver

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Birthday
12, 1864
Birthplace
Diamond, MO
Death Date
Jan 5, 1943 (78)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
12, 1864
Birthplace
Diamond, MO
Death Date
Jan 5, 1943 (78)

About

African-American scientist who became famous for his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes. The destruction of cotton crops by boll weevils inspired his scientific work, and he developed and promoted about 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house and farm, including cosmetics, dyes, paints, plastics, gasoline, and nitroglycerin.

Before Fame

He was born into slavery and was kidnapped along with his mother and sister from his master's house in Arkansas when he was just a week old and was sold in Kentucky.

Trivia

He met with three American president - Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt - which was very rare for an African-American man at the time.

Family Life

At age 40, he began a relationship with Miss Sarah L. Hunt, an elementary school teacher, but they never married.

Associated With

Theodore Roosevelt complimented his inventions.