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Name: George Shima                                                                 
Born: 1864                                                                         
Died: 1926                                                                         
George Shima (1864-1926) was a Japanese American businessman in California who     
at one point produced about 85% of the state's potato crop, thus earning him the   
nickname "The Potato King".                                                       
Born Ushijima Kinji  in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan, after failing the                 
entrance examination for Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University, he emigrated to San     
Francisco in 1889 determined to learn English, the subject that gave him the       
most trouble on the exam.