Born: Diamond, Missouri, United States
Died: January 5, 1943, Tuskegee, Alabama, United States
Education: Iowa State University
Minneapolis High School
Books: The Pickling and Curing of Meat in Hot Weather
Siblings: James Carver
George Washington Carver (1860–1943), was an American botanist and inventor. He was born into slavery in Missouri. Carver's reputation is largely based on publicity regarding his promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. In 1941, Time magazine dubbed Carver a "Black Leonardo." Carver never married. At age forty, he began a courtship with Sarah L. Hunt, an elementary school teacher and the sister-in-law of Warren Logan, Treasurer of Tuskegee Institute. This lasted three years until she took a teaching job in California. In her 2015 biography, Christina Vella reviews Carver’s relationships and suggests that Carver was bisexual and constrained by mores of his historic period. When he was seventy, Carver established a friendship and research partnership with the scientist Austin W. Curtis, Jr. This young black man, a graduate of Cornell University, had some teaching experience before coming to Tuskegee. Carver bequeathed to Curtis his royalties from an authorized 1943 biography by Rackham Holt. After Carver died in 1943, Curtis was fired from Tuskegee Institute. He left Alabama and resettled in Detroit. There he manufactured and sold peanut-based personal care products. Carver died January 5, 1943, at the age of 78 from complications resulting from a fall. He was buried next to Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL 36088).
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