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George Washington Carver George Washington Carver was born in Diamond Grove Missouri during the spring of 1864 or 1865 Like many slaves he was uncertain of his birth date His mother Mary was a slave who belonged to Moses and Susan Carver As an infant slave raiders kidnapped his mother The childless carvers reared George and his older brother James Growing up George was captivated by plants Many neighbors referred to him as the Plant Doctor Since Carver was an African American he was not accepted at any local schools therefore he had to attend school eight miles away from home He did very well in school In 1885 he was accepted to Highland College in Kansas However race became an issue again and they took away the offer He became very discouraged and chose to travel abroad until 1890 where he found himself in Iowa He decided to enroll in Simpson College in Indianola One of his teachers recognized his many talents and encouraged him to transfer to Iowa State College at Ames which he did in May 1891 At Iowa State Carver found that he was especially gifted in plant hybridization and the study of fungi In 1894 Carver earned a bachelor of science degree and in 1896 a Master of Science degree in agriculture and bacterial botany That same year Booker T Washington offered Carver a job teaching at Tuskegee Institute During his first few years at Tuskegee he made many improvements in the agricultural program With the help of other colleagues he created the Farmers Institute This was a group of farmers who met monthly to acquire agricultural advice from the Tuskegee staff As well as creating the Farmers Institute Carver also helped the farmers of Alabama and the southern states a great deal An insect called the boll weevil became an enormous threat to the cotton fields of southern United States Carver recommended to these
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