January 10

January 10, 1864 – George Washington Carver 

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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver birthday is recognized by many as January 10, 1864, although the exact year of his birth may not be known.   He was born into slavery around 1860 in Missouri. George Washington Carver was of America’s most innovative and creative scientist and inventors.  As a botanist and inventor Carver created more than 100 products from the peanut including plastics, cosmetics, paints, nitroglycerin, gasoline and others.  On July 14, 1955, a monument and National Park were dedicated to George Washington Carver in Diamond, Missouri. This was the first National Park named in honor of an African American.

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George Washington Carver At Work

During a time when the infamous boll weevil was killing a high percentage of the cotton crop, Carver is credited with encouraging the use of alternative crops such as soybeans, sweet potatoes and peanuts.  He died on January 5, 1943 in Tuskegee, Alabama.

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”  George Washington Carver