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

George Washington Carver Invented over 300 uses for peanuts

George Washington Carver was born in Missouri on the Moses Carver plantation in 18. His parents were slaves. When he was 12 years old, he left home to attend a black school. There was only one teacher with 75 children in a small room. While other children played at recess, he studied. He studied at home before and after he did his chores. When he was 30 years old, he was accepted at a college in Iowa and later transferred to Iowa State Agricultural College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science in 1894 and 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 the crop weren’t as healthy.  Carver urged the farmers to grow peanuts and sweet potatoes as he found they would restore the soil.  Farmers were worried that they would not make as much money growing these items.  Carver started experimenting with the products.  He 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.