Fun Fact Friday: George Washington Carver

Did you know that George Washington Carver invented over 100 uses for the peanut? He is also known for pioneering crop rotation in the United States.

Besides being a scientist, botanist, and inventor, Carver was also a teacher.

George Washington Carver was believed to be born in 1864, but his exact birth date is unknown. In 1891, he became the first black student to study at Iowa State Agricultural College, and later became their first black educator.

Notably, Carver met with three presidents over the course of his career, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt. He also created a horse drawn mobile class room, spoke before Congress, and enjoyed painting pictures of plants and flowers.

Carver was the first African American to have a national monument erected in his honor. In fact, Carver was actually the first American ever (presidents aside) to have a national monument.

Carver’s grave bears the inscription, “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world“.


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