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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 October 1924Plains, Georgia, USA
Birth NameJames Earl Carter Jr.
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jimmy Carter was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia, USA as James Earl Carter Jr. He has been married to Rosalynn Carter since July 7, 1946. They have four children.

Spouse (1)

Rosalynn Carter (7 July 1946 - present) (4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Broad, toothy smile

Trivia (44)

Former President of the United States. Children: John William Carter, James Earl Carter III, Donnel Jeffrey Carter, Amy Carter (Amy Lynn Carter). Attended Georgia Southwestern College 1941-1942, GA Inst. Tech., 1942-1943, U.S. Naval Academy 1946.
First US president born in a hospital.
Was elected Governor of Georgia in 1970.
After leaving the White House, Carter returned to Georgia, where, in 1982, he founded the nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta to promote peace and human rights worldwide. The Center has initiated projects in more than 65 countries to resolve conflicts, prevent human rights abuses, build democracy, improve health, and revitalize urban areas. He and his wife, Rosalynn, still reside in Plains.
He created the Department of Education.
Helped mediate the historic Camp David accords in 1978.
Graduated from the Naval Academy in 1946 and then served in the Navy for 7 years.
Portrayed by Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live (1975).
Was interviewed by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, went through the U.S. Navy nuclear power training program, and was slated to serve onboard the Navy's second nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Seawolf (SSN-575), when he resigned his commission to go back home and take over the family business.
While President of the USA, his Secret Service code name was "Deacon".
Has done extensive volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds houses for the homeless.
Performed at the "One Less Tear" cancer benefit with wife Rosalynn in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, July 24, 2002.
Related, on his mother's side of the family, to Elvis Presley.
(October 11, 2002) Won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."
Won 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian efforts
President of the United States (1977-1981).
Son of James Earl Carter and Lillian Carter, the latter being commonly referred to as Miss Lillian.
Older brother of Billy Carter.
Led a major boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.
Distant cousin of singer June Carter Cash and Davin Stanley.
Enrolled himself in the Evelyn Wood speed reading course at the White House and could read 1,200 wpm.
He was the commencement speaker at the 1998 Commencement Ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Rosalynn were both awarded honorary doctorates from the university.
Born the same day as former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
Was a close friend of Gerald Ford despite their quite different political ideologies and the fact that he defeated Ford in the 1976 presidential election.
While in the US Navy, he attended Old Dominion University.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors." New Revision Series, Volume 155, pages 50-58. Farmington Hills, Michigan, 2007.
Nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for "Sunday Mornings In Plains: Bringing Peace To A Changing World" [Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)].
Has the longest post-presidency of the four living former US Presidents. He is the only one to have outlived his successor.
To date (2009), only US President to have a National Historic Site named in his honor (300 N Bond Street, Plains, GA 31780-5562), site of Carter's former boyhood residential neighborhood.
Is both fluent and literate in the Spanish language, writing his own speeches in Central and South American countries.
Has chosen his hometown of Plains, Georgia for his burial in the event of his death, rather than Arlington National Cemetery, which he is eligible for as a WWII veteran.
As of September 2012, he has lived the longest since leaving office of any President in American history, surpassing the previous 31-year record of Herbert Hoover.
From the time of his own inauguration on January 20, 1977, until the inauguration of Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993, Carter was the only living Democratic president. (Harry S. Truman and Lyndon Johnson died in 1972 and 1973, respectively).
Both his parents and all three of his younger siblings died of pancreatic cancer.
Despite his progressive positions later in life, he initially leaned more conservative before and during his presidency. He supported the Vietnam War right up to the end, and controversially increased aid to El Salvador's military government amid reports that it was committing human rights abuses. After his presidency, however, he denounced El Salvador's government as "the bloodthirstiest in the hemisphere".
Runs the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA with his wife Rosalyn [October 2002]
Counts former CNN boss Ted Turner as one of his closest friends.
He holds the record for the longest retirement from the U. S. presidency, which began on January 20, 1981. The record has been previously held by John Adams, from March 4, 1801 until July 4, 1826, and Herbert Hoover, from March 4, 1933 until October 20, 1964.
He is the only U.S. President to have once lived in housing subsidized for the poor.
The only U.S. President to win a Nobel Prize after leaving office.
Carter had actually planned to make his career in the Navy, and maybe retire to the family peanut farm when he decided to quit; however, his father's death in 1953 at the age of 28 forced Carter to return so he could rescue the family business.
The first U.S. President born after World War I.
Was known as a very devout Southern Baptist (and brought the term "born-again Christian" into the national vocabulary), but left the denomination in 2000 because of its increasing conservatism. Founded the New Baptist Covenant movement with Bill Clinton for more liberal Baptists.
Eighth cousin twice removed of Barack Obama via William Terrell and Susannah Waters.

Personal Quotes (14)

If one vote per precinct had changed in 1960, John Kennedy would never have been President of this nation. And if a few more people had gone to the polls and voted in 1968, Hubert Humphrey would have been President; Richard Nixon would not. - during his closing statement in the 1980 Presidential debate
John Wayne was bigger than life. In an age of few heroes, he was the genuine article. But he was more than a hero; he was a symbol of many of the qualities that made America great - the ruggedness, the tough independence, the sense of personal conviction and courage - on and off the screen - that reflected the best of our national character.
Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent.
"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history." (20 May 2007)
On Wednesday, August 17th, 1977, one day after Elvis Presley's life-loss, he personally said, "Elvis Presley's death deprived our country of apart of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable."
When I told my mother I was running for president, she said, "president of what?"
We kept our country at peace. We never went to war. We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. But still we achieved our international goals. We brought peace to other people, including Egypt and Israel. We normalised relations with China, which had been non-existent for 30-something years. We brought peace between US and most of the countries in Latin America because of the Panama Canal Treaty. We formed a working relationship with the Soviet Union.
My favourite president, and the one I admired most, was Harry Truman. When Truman left office he took the same position. He didn't serve on corporate boards. He didn't make speeches around the world for a lot of money.
[on not going to war with Iran over the hostages]: ... it would probably have resulted in the death of maybe tens of thousands of Iranians who were innocent, and in the deaths of the hostages as well. In retrospect I don't have any doubt that I did the right thing. But it was not a popular thing among the public, and it was not even popular among my own advisers inside the White House. Including my wife.
[on the failed hostage rescue attempt] We had to have six [helicopters], to bring back the hostages. We planned on seven. At the last minute I ordered eight. And, incredibly, three of them were decommissioned. One turned back to the aircraft carrier. One went down in a sandstorm in the desert, and the other had a hydraulic leak and crashed. Complete surprise to all of us, particularly to the military experts. We lost three out of eight helicopters. So then we had to withdraw. But if I'd had one more helicopter we could have brought back our hostages, and I would have been looked upon as a much more successful president.
[on father] My father was the dominant person in our family and in my life.
(on his greatest concern about America in 2012) Every one of my successors has been in gratuitous wars. I think we could have resolved most of these conflicts in a peaceful way. And we share very little of our wealth with other people. These are a violation of the teachings of the Prince of Peace.
I can't deny that I am a better ex-president than I was a president.
Politicians are experts at naps. Then you have to wake up and absorb your briefing quickly.

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