African American scientist who became famous for his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes.The destruction of cotton crops by boll weevils inspired his scientific work and he developed and promoted about 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house and farm, including cosmetics, dyes, paints, plastics, gasoline, and nitroglycerin.
He met with three American president —Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt—which was very rare for an African American man at the time.
Theodore Roosevelt complimented his inventions.
He was born into slavery and was kidnapped along with his mother and sister from his master's house in Arkansas when he was just a week old and was sod in Kentucky.
At age forty, he began a relationship with Miss Sarah L. Hunt, an elementary school teacher, but they never married.
- The meaning of the name Carver: Wood Carver