This country was founded on God and many daily read their Bible.
George Washington Carver (1864-1943) an agricultural chemist of International fame, introduced hundreds of uses for the peanut, soybean, pecan and sweet potato. This revolutionized the economy of the South since these crops replenished the soil, which had become depleted through years of cotton growth.
After his mother was kidnapped when he was an infant, George Washington Carver was raised by Uncle Moses and Aunt Sue Carver. Being of poor health as a child, he spent much time around the house and in the woods.
He later went to school in Neosho, Missouri, then in Kansas. He graduated from Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.
George Washington Carver was also an accomplished artist; one of his paintings, The Yucca, received an Honorable Mention at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
In 1896 he gave up his faculty position at Iowa State College of Agriculture to join Booker T. Washington, President of the newly founded Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He made many medical contributions, including Penol and a cure for infantile paralysis.
His discoveries from the peanut (over 300), the sweet potato (over 118), as well as from the soybean, etc, included cosmetics, face powder, lotion, shaving cream, vinegar, cold cream, printer's ink, salad oil, rubbing oil, instant coffee, leather stains from mahogany to blue, flour, paints, non-toxic colors (from which crayons were eventually created) and the list goes on.
A very accomplished man. One who could definitely be prideful but he wasn't.
In 1921, George Washington Carver accepted the invitation to address the United States Senate Ways and Means Committee in Washington,D.C., concerning the potential uses of the peanut and other new crops to improve the economy of the South.
Initially given only ten minutes to speak, he instantly enthralled the committee so much that the Chairman said, "Go ahead Brother. Your time is unlimited!"
Carver spoke for one hour and forty-five minutes. At the end of his address, the Chairman of the Committee asked:
"Dr. Carver, how did you learn all of these things?" Carver answered: "From an old book" "What book?" asked the Senator. Carver replied, "The Bible." The Senator inquired, "Does the Bible tell about peanuts?" "No, Sir" Dr. Carver replied, "But it tells about the God who made the peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanut, and He did."
George Washington Carver named his laboratory "God's Little Workshop" and never took any scientific textbooks into it; he merely asked God how to perform his experiments.
He spoke about that too...ending his explanation with, "Without God to draw aside the curtain I would be helpless."
In 1939 George Washington Carver was awarded the Roosevelt Medal, with the declaration:
"To a scientist humbly seeking the guidance of God and a liberator to men of the white race as well as the black."
George Washington Carver remarked:
"The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible, "In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."
Our country today needs men and women reading and having a relationship with God....and things will begin to change once again.
We need more Godly men and women who trust in God and know Him.
It is vital for us to start looking at our roots and stop the blame game. We don't have time for that. It will take all our time to re-look at what made America truly great...God and His Word and people like George Washington Carver who loved God applied His principles to everything he did.