George Washington Carver Research Paper

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Research Paper November 23, 2013 George Washington Carver Throughout the late 1800s there were many up-and-coming inventors who had much to do with the development of today’s society. One of which was George Washington Carver. G.W. Carver was born in 1864 on the Moses plantation in Diamond Grove, Missouri. When he was only a boy he and his mother were kidnapped from the farm and taken away to Arkansas. After the Civil War, his father Moses Carver found him, took him back to the farm, and raised him. At the age of ten, Carver left the Moses plantation and wound up in Minneapolis, Kansas. There, he attended high school at Minneapolis High School. At the age of thirty, he was finally accepted into Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa as…show more content…
“Carver convinced the southern farmers to follow his suggestions and helped the region to recover.”1 There were an extreme abundance of peanuts. In fact, there were warehouses all throughout the South that were overflowing with rotting peanuts. This was a huge problem considering money was not something everyone had plenty of in those days. With Carver’s ingenious imagination, he experimented feverishly with ways to put the peanuts to good use by inventing ink used from peanut oil, facial cream, shampoo, soap, and perhaps his best invention of all, peanut-butter. “Suddenly, the same farmers who cursed him now found that a new industry had sprung up that could use their surplus: peanuts.”2 “Next, Carver looked at ways of utilizing the sweet potato and was able to develop more than 115 products from it including flour, starch and synthetic rubber (the United States Army utilized many of his products during World War I).”3 Carver also developed over 75 uses for the pecan. Carver gained interest in other famous inventors with all of his profound discoveries. Thomas Edison once asked him to move to Orange Grove, New Jersey to work at Edison Laboratories at an annual salary of $100,000. Instead, Carver wanted to continue at Tuskegee Institute because that is where he felt he…show more content…
Carver then willed the rest of his net worth and his estate to the same organization in hopes that his work may be continued by other people like himself after his death. In 1943, Carver finally died from natural causes. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt honored Carver with a national monument at the area of his childhood near Diamond Grove, Missouri. This monument was the first national monument designated to an African American in the United States. On the monument is inscribed the words: “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the
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