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Raised by an elderly white couple after his mother was kidnapped following the Civil War, he began school in Neosho, Mo., and eventually received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State College of Agriculture. Booker T. Washington recruited him to teach at Tuskegee Institute, where he introduced hundred of uses for the peanut, soybean and sweet potato, revolutionizing the South’s economy. His name was George Washington Carver, and he died this day, Jan. 5, 1943. Turning down offers to work for Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver said: “God is going to reveal to us things He never revealed before if we put our hands in His.”

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