George Washington Carver.

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George Washington Carver was a rarity he was a man who wasn't that interested in money but rather helping his fellow man. You see Caver turned down a job for nearly 100,000 dollar a year job to continue his research that he knew that would be helpful toward humanity for years to come. Carver was an Agricultural Chemist, he discovered over thee hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more uses for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes. Some of his recipes and improvements for those items were adhesives, axle grease, bleach, buttermilk, chili sauce, fuel briquettes, ink, instant coffee, meat tenderizer, metal polish, paper, plastic, pavement, shaving cream, shoe polish, synthetic rubber, talcum powder and wood stain just to name a few. What is even more amazing is that only three peanuts were ever issued to Caver.

George Washington Carver was born in 1864 in Diamond Grove, Missouri on his father's farm.

He was born into difficult times near the end of the Civil War. As infant George and his mother were kidnapped by Confederate night-raiders. Moses Carver, his father found and reclaimed George after the war but his mother had disappeared forever. The identity of Carver's father remains unknown, although he believed his father was a slave from a neighboring farm. Moses and Susan Carver reared George and his brother as their own children. It was on the Moses' farm where George first fell in love with nature, where he earned the nickname 'The Plant Doctor' and collected all kinds of rocks and plants.

He began his formal education at the age of twelve, which required him to leave the home of his adopted parents. Schools segregated by race at that time with no school available for black students near Carver's home. He moved to Newton County in southwest Missouri,