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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver


George Washington Carver was Iowa State’s first African American student and faculty member. He received his BS in 1894 and was asked to remain at Iowa State, where he worked on his MS (received in 1896) and directed the botanical greenhouse. In some of Iowa State’s early extension efforts, Carver traveled throughout Iowa, lecturing about plants. When he left Iowa State to join Tuskegee University, he did not forget his alma mater. “I have no words to adequately express my impressions of dear old I.S.C. (Iowa State College). All I am and all I hope to be, I owe in a very large measure to this blessed institution.”

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