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George Washington Carver 1861-1943 Birth 1861 in Missouri United States Death January 5 1943 Occupation Agricultural Chemist Botanist Educator BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY Carver George Washington c 1861 - Jan 5 1943 agricultural chemist educator and botanist was born on a farm near Diamond Grove Mo the second son and youngest of three children of Negro slave parents When he was an infant his father was killed in an accident Shortly thereafter George his mother and a sister were stolen and carried into Arkansas by raiders His mother and sister disappeared but a bushwhacker brought the boy back to his owner Moses Carver in exchange for a racehorse valued at 300 Frail and sickly as a child George was cared for by Carvers wife and took the family name as his own He performed various household tasks obtained some rudiments of an education and at an early age displayed keen interest in plants At about the age of fourteen he left the Carver family to acquire formal education not then available to his race within the Diamond Grove community Over the next few years he worked at odd jobs and attended grade schools in Neosho Mo and Fort Scott Paola and Olathe Kans in Olathe he went to the Presbyterian church the beginning of a lifelong affiliation He received his high school training in Minneapolis Kans and there took the middle name Washington to distinguish himself from another George Carver As he grew older he displayed skill in cooking knitting and crocheting learned to do laundry work became adept in growing plants and developed talent for music and painting In 1885 Carver because of his race was refused admission to Highland College in northeast Kansas He next became a homesteader near Beeler Kans where for nearly two years he attempted to farm but he eventually found the blizzards and burning sun of the Kansas plains too unfriendly to his small agricultural enterprise After mortgaging his homestead
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