George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Hello my name is George Washington Carver I was born in 1865 near  Diamond, Missouri. I helped Susan Carver in the cabin. Susan Carver also taught me how to read and write. When I was eleven I went to Neosho to go to a school for African Americans. I stayed there for two years until the late 1870s, when I made up my mind to go to Kansas. I traveled from one Midwestern town to another, working and attending school. I used my domestic skills to get money. I discovered the importance of planting peanuts to upgrade the soil. I left Iowa in 1896 to work with Booker T. Washington in Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. I found so many ways to use peanuts and sweet potatoes. I only published six agricultural bulletins. One day three presidents came to visit me. Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and Franklin Roosevelt to study with me for three weeks. I went to many colleges before I was accepted at Highland University in Highland, Kansas. When I arrived they rejected me because of my race. In 1888 I obtained $300 loan at the bank of Ness City. I received so many awards for my work. I developed 105 recipes using peanuts .I also received the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP. When I was an adult I still had a high pitch voice which was due to the sickness I had as a child. I took a serious fall down the stairs and a maid found me unconscious lying on the ground. The maid took me to the hospital where I died on January 5, 1943 at the age of 78. I was buried next to Booker T. Washington in Tuskegee Institute. I am George Washington Carver and thank you for listening.

by Samuel S.

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