1864 - Born in Diamond, Missouri. An American agricultural scientist, chemist, and inventor.
1887 - Accepted into Simpson College.
1891 - Transferred from Simpson College to Iowa State University. He became the first black student and the first black faculty member at ISU.
1896 - Accepted the invitation of Booker Washington to lead the Agriculture Department at Turkegee University. Developed more than three hundred new uses for peanuts, revitalizing Southern economy by encouraging peanut planting after devastation of cotton crops by boll weevils.
1942 - Received the Roosevelt Medal, an award for Outstanding Contribution to Southern Agriculture.
1943 - Died of complication (anemia) when he fell from the stairs on the 5th of January.
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- "Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough."
- "Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
- "How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these."