George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Overview

Scientist and Educator (1864-1943)

George Washington Carver was a renowned educator and inventor who devoted his life to improving the lives of others. He taught: “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” At the time, the boll weevil ravaged the South’s cotton crop, devasting the cotton industry. Responding to the overwhelming effect this had poor farmers, Carver focused his expertise on the cultivation of alternative cash crops, most most notably the peanut. As a result, Carver originated approximately 100 different uses for the peanut.