George Washington Carver Facts for Kids, Who Invented Peanut Butter?

George Washington Carver Facts for Kids


  • George Washington Carver Invented over 300 uses for peanuts.
  • George Washington Carver was born in Missouri on the Moses Carver plantation in 1864.
  • His Parents were slaves
  • When George was 12 years old, he left home to attend an African American school.
  • There was only one teacher, with 75 children in a  small classroom.
  • While other children played during recess, George studied.
  • He studied at home before and after he did his chores.
  • When he was 30 years old, he was accepted into a college in Iowa.  He later transferred to Iowa State Agricultural College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science in 1894.
  • In 1896 He received a Master’s of Science Degree in 1896.
  • Carver started studying diseases which were attacking the farmers’ crops.
  • Most farmers in the deep south were only growing cotton. The soil started to suffer and crops weren’t as healthy.
  • Carver urged the farmers to grow peanuts and sweet potatoes as he found they would restore the soil.
  • Crops of cotton were very profitable and farmers were worried that they would not make as much money growing peanuts and sweet potatoes.
  • To help the farmers he started researching and discovering ways to use peanuts and sweet potatoes.
  • Carver discovered over 300 products that can be made with peanuts  Some include: flour, ink, dyes, plastics, wood stains, soap, cosmetics and peanut butter.
  • From sweet potatoes, he made 118 products some include flour, candy, vinegar, rubber and postage stamp glue.
  • He made 75 products from pecans and even made a building material for walls from cotton stalks.
  • George Washington Carver died in 1943.  He received many awards and honors on his agricultural contributions in history.