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George Washington Carver George Washington Carver was born near Diamond Grove Missouri in 1864 on a plantation owned by a slave owner His father Moses Carver and his mother Susan Carver were slaves on that plantation As a young infant George along with his mother was kidnapped by Confederate night raiders and was taken to Arkansas to be sold into slavery Moses Carvers owner searched for George and finally found him and reclaimed him but his mother was already sold The man who owned George at the time didnt want to give George back so Moses owner traded a horse for the boy George was given back to his father suffering from a terrible case of whooping cough and ended up with a noticeable stutter Back on his fathers owners plantation George was now too sick to work out in the fields so he mainly worked indoors He helped around the kitchen and in a small garden It was the garden that George came to love the most He was often called The Plant Doctor because of his love of plants After the Civil War George was set free at the age of 10 Once he was free George set out to get an education While trying to overcome many frustrating and bitter obstacles George finally made his way through high school George went to school until the age of 30 but his age didnt stop him from finding more education George tried applying to many colleges and all of those attempts failed George almost gave up until Simpson College in Indianola Iowa finally accepted him as a freshman To support himself through college George had odd jobs such as ironing and washing the clothes of his fellow and more fortunate classmates In 1891 George was transferred to Iowa State College of Agriculture which is now Iowa State University It was there that George became the first African American to get a Bachelors Degree and
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