A snapshot biography of agricultural scientist George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

As a child, George Washington Carver was taught that “you must learn all you can, then go back out into the world and give your learning back to the people.” 

Following this advice, he went to college and graduate school, then became head of the Agriculture Department at Tuskegee Institute. As an agricultural scientist and inventor, his goal was to help farmers improve their lives. He conducted research to find myriad uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes and pecans amongst other crop.

While George was innovative in his research, he was also innovative in his teaching methods. He created a mobile classroom, named the “Jesup wagon” after Morris Ketchum Jesup, who funded the program, to teach farmers outside of the university. 

Jesup wagon


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  2. Tuskegee University Archives/Museum & Wikimedia Commons
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  4. https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/news/the-jesup-wagon-rooted-in-history-still-used-today/