The Life of George Washington Carver

The Life of George Washington Carver

Born in Missouri during the Civil War, George Washington Carver’s family was slaves before slavery was abolished. After all the slaves were freed in Missouri, his former owner and his wife raised Carver and his brother. The new guardians instilled a thirst for knowledge that helped drive Carver’s future achievements.

Since blacks were not allowed to attend schools in Missouri during that era, Carver learned the basics in reading and writing from his former owners. To continue his education, Carver attended a series of schools which accepted African Americans and eventually earned his high school diploma in Kansas.

· George Washington Carver Early Years : biography of the early years of George Washington Carver.

· The Early Years : summary of George Washington Carver’s early years.

After finishing high school, George Washington Carver wanted to continue his education by attending college. For the next five years he attempted to get into college, but even though he was a free man, he encountered problems getting into college because of his skin color. He eventually was accepted at Simpson College in Iowa to study art and piano. Because of his love of flowers and plants, one of his instructors recognized his talent and encouraged him to study botany at Iowa State University. Carver also earned his master’s degree from Iowa State. His time in college was memorable because he was the first black man to attend Iowa State University and was also the first black faculty member.

· Education : summary of Carver’s educational background.

· Education Facts : a brief look at the educational background of Carver.

· George Washington Carver Collection : Simpson College biography on the life of Carver.

In 1896, because of his outstanding work in the field of botany, Carver was invited to join the faculty of Tuskegee Institute and remained on the staff of the university for the next 47 years. While at Tuskegee, Carver worked with former slaves and thought them farming techniques. While at Tuskegee, Carver gained fame as a scientist and helped discover many products that were derived from agricultural products. Among the discoveries were shaving cream, adhesives, bleach, instant coffee and meat tenderizer. All of the products he discovered were made of common farm products in the south such as peanuts, pecans and soybeans.

· Carver Inventions : listing of George Washington Carver discoveries.

· Inventions : information of the inventions of Carver.

· Science Background : details of George Washington Carver’s work as a scientist.

· Carver the Botanist : information on Carver’s work as a botanist after the Civil War.

· Carver Black Inventor : information on inventions of Carver.

Due to his work in the field of agriculture and science, Carver was well known and often was asked for advice, by the government and private individuals. Several Presidents consulted with Carver to conduct a people search for individuals concerned with the state of agriculture in the country, and he was recognized by several organizations, including the NAACP for his work.

· Legacy of George Washington Carver : a look at the long term impact of the life of George Washington Carver.

· Tuskegee’s Legacy : the college’s view of the legacy of George Washington Carver.

· Carver in Missouri : recognition of George Washington Carver’s legacy.

Carver continued to work in the field of helping farmers of all colors until his death in 1943. However, his accomplishments in the 19th and 20th centuries continue to be noticed today. The legacy of George Washington Carver has continued and in 1943, the U.S. Government opened the George Washington Carver Monument in Diamond, Missouri. In the years since, Carver has been recognized by others, and is considered one of the most influential African American inventors in history.