Dr. George Washington Carver

Dr. George Washington Carver

Dr. George Washington Carver was an outstanding genius, a brilliant scientist, a prolific inventor, and a generous humanitarian. He was also a professional guitarist and artist. He balanced his superior inquisitive, creative skills with his faith. His unparalleled achievements for America and the world are unbeatable.

"You can't get very far in life if you don't get away from self."

"Fear of something is at the root of hate, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater."


  • October 9, 1855: Moses Carver bought Mary and Giles (George's Parents) for $700 from William P. McGinnis
  • July 12, 1865: George is born under slavery in Diamond, Missouri
  • 1890: Simpson College first black student
  • 1890: At Simpson, George studied art and piano
  • 1891: George transferred to Iowa State College and is the first black student
  • 1894: Carver received a Bachelor of Agriculture Degree from Iowa State College of Agriculture. He was appointed as a faculty member thereafter graduation
  • 1894: Iowa state college's first black faculty member
  • 1896: He is invited to be the leader of the Agriculture Department at Tuskegee Institute
  • 1896: Carver designed the Jessup wagon to educate southern farmers
  • 1916: He is named a fellow for the London Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts
  • 1921: Carver testifies before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee to support a tariff on imported peanuts. He shared his ideas on the vast uses of peanuts.
  • 1923: He received the Spingarn medal from the NAACP
  • 1933-35: Carver continued to work on a peanut oil massage to cure polio
  • 1935: He is appointed a collaborator with the United States Department of Agriculture and worked study of plant diseases. Carver was inducted into the USDA Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • 1937: George’s health declines
  • 1937: He met and befriended Henry Ford. Henry Ford frequently sought Carver's advice and counsel, including the manufacturing of vehicles.
  • 1941: Henry Ford built an elevator for George after his doctor advised him not to climb the stairs
  • 1939: Carver receives the Roosevelt medal for his devotion to the agriculture of the South
  • 1941: The George Washington Carver Museum built at the Tuskegee Institute
  • January 5, 1943: George Washington Carver passed away
  • 1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates $30,000 for the George Washington Carver National Monument, the plantation site where George lived as a child. It is the first monument dedicated to an African-American, which includes a statue of Carver, a nature trail, a museum, and a cemetery

Scientific Botanist & Ingenious Inventor

George Washington Carver had a keen interest in plants since his early childhood. He acquired botany skills through tenacious experiments and hard work that he could use to assist poor African-American farmers. His prolific creations' foundation was this autodidact ability (over 300 uses for the peanut and over 100 sweet potato products).

Plant Doctor

George Washington Carver was recognized as the plant doctor since he nursed sick to health. Throughout his life, Carver was humanitarian and was motivated by his urge to help his fellow man.

Assisting Farmers

George used a mobile traveling vehicle while teaching at Tuskegee University to train the farmers to rotate their crops to get more yield from their soil and gain more income in their livelihoods. Cotton was the main crop of the day, but it also used many soil nutrients to "wear the soil out" by continual annual plantations. He taught the farmers the plant rotation method (one year for cotton and the other year for peanuts).

"When you can get to the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."

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The groundbreaking discovery and unfailing work carried out by Dr. George Washington Carver have led to more than 300 peanut products, which have significantly contributed to the development of the economy of rural South. He was too humble, a man guided by his strong faith in God and his relentless desire to help mankind be concerned with recognition for most of his inventions. Consequently, his huge groundbreaking work and invention of new products and their applications received few patents.

George’s Partial List of Peanut Products


  • Peanut butter, regular
  • Breakfast food #1
  • Butter from peanut milk
  • Breakfast food #2
  • Pancake flour
  • Breakfast food #3
  • Peanut flour
  • Breakfast food #4
  • Peanut surprise
  • Breakfast food #5
  • Malted peanuts
  • Bisque powder
  • Peanut meal, brown
  • Peanut meal #1 and #2
  • Meat substitutes
  • Chocolate coated peanuts
  • Chili sauce
  • Peanut cake #1 and #2
  • Peanut brittle
  • Dry coffee
  • Cream candy
  • Instant coffee
  • Peanut flakes
  • Peanut hearts
  • Chop suey sauce
  • Mock oysters
  • Mayonnaise
  • Vinegar
  • Evaporated milk
  • Sweet pickle
  • Cocoa
  • Peanut dainties
  • Peanut kisses
  • Bar candy
  • Peanut wafers

Stock Foods

  • Peanut stock food #1,#2, and #3
  • Peanut hull meal
  • Hen food for laying (peanut hearts)
  • Peanut meal

Household Products

  • Laundry soap
  • Sweeping compound
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  • Peanut orange punch #1
  • Peanut lemon punch
  • Peanut koumiss beverage
  • Peanut punch #2
  • Normal peanut beverage
  • Beverage for ice cream
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  • Rubbing oil
  • Iron tonic
  • Tannic acid
  • Medicine similar to castor oil
  • Emulsion for bronchitis
  • Oils, emulsified w/mercury for venereal disease
  • Quinine
  • Laxatives


  • Hand lotion
  • Face lotion
  • Face cream
  • Vanishing cream
  • Face bleach and tan remover
  • Baby massage cream
  • Shampoo
  • Oil for hair and scalp
  • Shaving cream
  • Pomade for scalp
  • Face ointment
  • Glycerin
  • Face powder
  • Antiseptic soap
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Dyes, Paints, & Stains

  • Dyes for leather
  • Dyes for cloth
  • Wood stains
  • Paints
  • Special peanut dye


  • Fuel bricketts
  • Paper (white) from vines
  • Paper (colored) from vines
  • Paper (kraft form hulls)
  • Paper (newsprint) from vines
  • Paper (coarse) form skins
  • Insecticide
  • Glue
  • Gasoline
  • Gas
  • Wood filler
  • Metal polish
  • Plastics
  • Axel grease
  • Lubricating oil
  • Illuminating oil
  • Diesel fuel
  • Printers ink
  • Writing ink
  • Rubber
  • Coke (from hulls)
  • Washing powder
  • Cleanser for hands
  • Linoleum
  • Nitroglycerine
  • Soil conditioner
  • Soap stock
  • Shoe and leather blacking

List of Products Made From Sweet Potato

Dr. George Washington Carver is a genius in botany and agricultural experimentation. He discovered over 100 uses of sweet potato and a variety of Southern plants.


  • Flour
  • Starch
  • Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Mock cocoanut
  • Tapioca
  • Vinegar
  • Egg yolk
  • Synthetic ginger
  • Candy, 14 varieties
  • Chocolate
  • Dried potatoes #1 and #2
  • Dry paste
  • Potato nibs
  • Bisque powder
  • Breakfast food #5
  • Meal
  • After Dinner mints #1, #2 and #3
  • Yeast
  • Coffee, dry
  • Instant coffee
  • Granulated potatoes
  • Lemon drops
  • Orange drops
  • Sauce
  • Spiced vinegar


  • Stains
  • Dyes
  • Paints
  • Medicine
  • Library paste
  • Alcohol
  • Rubber compound
  • Writing ink
  • Shoe blacking
  • Fillers for wood
  • Synthetic cotton
  • Synthetic silk
  • Paper (from vines)
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Honors & Legacy

Carver believed in Jesus Christ as a way to break both racial and social boundaries. He had as much to do with the growth of his students' character as with their academic development. For his pupils, he assembled a list of eight cardinal virtues.

  • Be clean inside and out
  • Never look up to the rich nor down on the poor
  • Lose without squealing
  • Win with no bragging
  • Be considerate of women, children, and elders
  • Be too brave to lie
  • Live too generous to cheat
  • Take your eligible share of the world and always let others take theirs

Bible Class

Carver conducted a Sunday Bible course at Tuskegee, starting in 1906. He presented stories frequently by performing them. With this, he responded to critics: "When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."


  • 1923 - Spingarn Medal from the NAACP, awarded annually for exceptional achievement
  • 1928 - honorary doctorate from Simpson College
  • 1939 - Roosevelt Medal for impressive contribution to Southern Agriculture
  • 1940 - He founded the George Washington Carver Foundation at the Tuskegee Institute
  • 1941- The George Washington Carver Museum was established at the Tuskegee Institute.
  • 1942 - In Dearborn, Ford built a replica of Carver's birth cabin at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village as a tribute.
  • 1942 - Ford built a laboratory in Dearborn named after Carver.
  • 1943 - Liberty ship SS George Washington Carver was established
  • 1950 - George Washington Carver State Park named
  • 1951-1954 - U.S. Mint features a 50 cents silver commemorative Carver coin
  • 1965 – Founded a ballistic missile submarine USS George Washington Carver(SSBN-656)
  • 1969 - Iowa State University builts Carver Hall in honor of Carver, a graduate of the university.
  • 1943 – The US Congress dedicated January 5, the anniversary of his death, as George Washington Carver Recognition Day.[47][48]
  • 1999 - USDA names a part of its Beltsville, Maryland campus as the George Washington Carver Center.
  • 2007 - The Missouri Botanical Gardens declared a garden area named after Carter, with his commemorative statue and material about his work
  • In Willowbrook, California, Willowbrook Neighborhood Park was renamed George Washington Carver Park.

Schools Named After Carver

  • George Washington Carver Elementary School in the province of Compton Unified School District in Los Angeles County, CA
  • The George Washington Regional School, Rapidan, Virginia
  • The George Washington Carver School of Arts & Science at the Sacramento City Unified School District in Sacramento, CA
  • Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School, a Newark public school in Newark, NJ.

Taxa Named After Carver

  • In 1962, Benjamin Matlack Everhart and Job Bicknell Ellis named Colletotrichum Carver and Metasphaeria Carver
  • In 1906, Pier Andrea Saccardo and Domenico Saccardo designated Cercospora carveriana
  • In 1939, Anna Eliza Jenkins named Taphrina Carver
  • In 1961, E. F. Guba named [56] and Pestalotia Carver


Before Carver’s death, a movement started to set up a U.S. national Carver monument. Due to the Second World War, non-war expenses were prohibited by presidential order. Harry S. Truman, Missouri senator, introduced a bill in favor of a monument.

In a committee hearing, one supporter said, The bill is no a momentary pause by busy men engaged in warfare to do honor to one of the great Americans of this country. Still, it is essentially a blow against the Axis. It is essentially a measure of war, which releases the energy of about 15,000,000 Afro-Americans in the country is released for full support of our war effort. Later, the bill passed unanimously in both houses.

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July 14, 1943

President Franklin D. Roosevelt offered $30,000 for the George Washington Carver National Monument west-southwest of Diamond, Missouri, which opened in July 1953. It is a 210-acre (0.8 km2) national monument complex that includes a ¾-mile nature trail, bust of Carver, museum, the 1881 Moses Carver house, and the Carver cemetery.

December 1947

A fire hit the Carver Museum, and much of the collection was destroyed. Time magazine reported that three of the 48 Carver paintings at the museum were damaged. One of his best-known paintings, showcased at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, depicts a yucca and cactus. The canvas has survived and been preserved. It is displayed along with several of his other paintings.

Commemorative Stamps

Carver was displayed on U.S. 1948 commemorative stamps. During 1951-1954, George was featured on a commemorative half dollar coin. On 3 February 1998, a second stamp honoring Carver (the first memorial stamp was a 300-point stamp), a facial value of 32 ¢, was issued. In his honor, two ships were commissioned, the Liberty ship SS George Washington Carver and the USS George Washington Carver Nuclear submarine (SSBN-656).


  • 1977 - He was selected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans
  • 1990 - Carver was introduced to the National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • 1994 - Iowa State University recognized Carver as a Doctor of Humane Letters
  • 2000 - George was a charter inductee in the USDA Hall of Heroes as the "Father of Chemurgy."
  • 2002 - Scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed George Washington Carver as one of 100 Greatest African Americans
  • 2005 - Geroge's research at the Tuskegee Institute was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society
  • February 15, 2005 — a Modern Marvels episode featured scenes from the Food Sciences Building at Iowa State University and about Carver’s work
  • 2005 - George Washington Carver garden was opened at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri, which includes a life-size statue of him

Extend Your Support

George Washington Carver Alumni Association is established to keep the memory of George Washington Carver. The organization aims to stay close to the students who attended George Washington Carver Regional High School to provide scholarships to youth interested in higher education. Please connect with us to donate.

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