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George Washington Carver Chronology

On Jan. 5, 1943, Dr. George Washington Carver died. He left behind a legacy as not only one of America's greatest inventors, but also as a pioneering agriculturalist, award-winning artist and humble humanitarian.

DR. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
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Born, Diamond Grove, Missouri on July 12

1890

Enrolled at Simpson College to study piano and art

1891

Transferred to State Agricultural College, Ames, IA

1893

Paintings get honorable mention/ Chicago World's Fair

1894

Bachelor of Agriculture Degree earned at Ames

Appointed member of faculty, Iowa State College

1896

Master of Agriculture Degree, Iowa State College

1896

Arrived Oct. 8 at ۿ۴ýto be Agriculture Director

1897

Named director of Agricultural Experiment Station authorized for ۿ۴ýby Alabama Legislature

1906

Initiated Jesup Wagon with T.M. Campbell, Sr. on May 24

1916

Named Fellow, London Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts

1921

Appearance, U.S. HR Comm. on Ways & Means re tariff on peanuts

1923

Recipient, Spingarn Medal for Distinguished Service to Science

1928

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, Simpson College

1935

Appointed Collaborator, Mycology and Plant Disease Survey, USDA

1937

Bronze bust of Carver unveiled on campus, a tribute from friends throughout the nation for his 40 years of creative research

1938

Hollywood  Film, "Life of George Washington Carver," made by the Pete Smith Specialty Company

Development of George Washington Carver Museum by ۿ۴ýInstitute Trustee Board

1939

Recipient, Roosevelt Medal for Contributions to Southern Agriculture Honorary Membership, American Inventors Society Bronze sculpture of Carver dedicated at Spencer HS, Columbus, GA by Tom Houston Peanut Co.

1941

George Washington Carver Museum dedicated Mar. 11 at ۿ۴ýInstitute by Henry Ford, Sr.

Special Exhibit, George Washington Carver Art Collection at ۿ۴ýInstitute Honorary Degree, University of Rochester Recipient, Award of Merit by Variety Clubs of America

1942

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, Selma University, Alabama

Erection of George Washington Carver Cabin, Greenfield Village at   Dearborn , MI by Henry Ford, Sr. to honor Dr. Carver Marker for GWC bithplace in Diamond Grove authorized by Missouri governor

1943

Died at ۿ۴ýInstitute, Alabama on Jan. 5.

His entire estate (over $60,000) was bequeathed to the George Washington Carver Foundation

Sponsored by Rep. William Short and Sen. Harry S. Truman,

78th Congress passed H.R. 647/Pub. Law 148 re Carver birthplace

1946

79th Congress Joint Resolution/PL 290: January 5, 1946 designated George Washington Carver Day by President Truman

Issuance of postage stamp honoring GWC

1947

First day sale of three-cent Carver Commemorative Stamp

1951

Fifty-cent piece coined to likeness of GW Carver and BT Washington

1952

Selected by Popular Mechanics as one of 50 outstanding Americans

Polaris submarine George Washington Carver launched

1956

George Washington Carver Science Building at Simpson College dedicated

1998

Second Carver stamp (32¢) issued

1999

Debut of ۿ۴ýUniversity's annual Dr. George Washington Carver Convocation and George Washington Carver Distinguished Achievement Award

George Washington Carver Center dedicated at  USDA Beltsville, MD federal complex

2005

George Washington Carver's work designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark

*Adapted from The History of the Carver Research Foundation of ۿ۴ýUniversity, 1940-1990 by B.D. Mayberry.