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Carver was born a slave in Missouri Although is exact birth date is unknown it has been narrowed down to July 12 1861 Carver was only an infant when his dad was killed an he his brother and mother were kidnapped He was then orphaned and Moses Carver his owner bought George back in exchange for a horse The horses value was estimated at 300 dollars Carvers first schooling took place in a single room school house for black children After regular schooling he enrolled at Highland University He had the grade but due to the fact that he was black he was denied He then enrolled at Simpson College in Iowa where he worked as a cook to pay of his tuition Carver wander to be an artist and he also showed promise as a painter His art teacher steered him away from art and encouraged him to enroll at State Agricultural College in Ames There he earned his bachelors degree He then went to the Ames Experiment Station where he was employed by Louis Pammel In 1896 Carver went to Tuskegee Institute to lead the newly established department of agriculture For the rest of his life Carver put together a laboratory made useless and over-farmed land farmable and continued research Much of the land in the South had been over-farmed All of the soils nutrients had been depleted by the cotton and tobacco plant Carver improved soil with his own blend of fertilizers He also advised farmers to plant peanuts and sweet potatoes he told them this would help the soil So many farmers did this and were stuck with peanuts and sweet potatoes So he made over 300 bi-products from plants such as cereal oils dyes and soaps In addition Carver developed a school on wheels to teach farmers from Alabama the essentials for soil enrichment Carver had experimented with various types of fertilizers He grew huge vegetables with these fertilizers He
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