Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter


10/1/1924, Plains, Georgia, U.S.A.

Birth Name

James Earl Carter, Jr.



Also Known As

Former President Jimmy Carter, Former Pres. Jimmy Carter, Governor Jimmy Carter, James Earl Carter
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Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States. He was elected in 1976 when he ran against Gerald Ford and served one term as President. During his term in office, he deregulated the airline and the beer industries. He led the country through the energy crisis…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jimmy Carter likes to fly-fish, woodwork, jog, cycle, play tennis, and ski for recreation.

    • Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have three sons and a daughter. They also have eight grandsons and three granddaughters.

    • Jimmy Carter became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1982. He founded The Carter Center in the same year.

    • During the 1974 congressional and gubernatorial elections, Jimmy Carter was the Democratic National Committee campaign chairman.

    • Jimmy Carter is the author of 23 different books, including Why Not The Best? (published 1975), Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President (published 1982), and Always a Reckoning (published 1995).

    • Jimmy Carter was elected to the Georgia Senate in 1962.

    • Jimmy's father was James Earl Carter, Sr, a farmer and businessman. His mother was Lillian Gordy Carter, a registered nurse.

    • Jimmy Carter grew up in the community of Archery, nearby to the farming town he was born in, Plains, Georgia.

    • Jimmy Carter married Rosalynn Smith on July 7, 1946.

    • Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

    • Jimmy's great-grandfather, Private L. B. Walker Carter, served in the Confederate States Army in the Sumter Flying Artillery, and fought at the Battle of Gettysburg.

    • Jimmy Carter's vice president was Former Senator Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota.

    • Jimmy was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 1984.

    • Jimmy is the only ever president to serve in a submarine, and in honor of this, the USS Jimmy Carter was named after him.

    • Jimmy Carter has four children. They are: John William (born 1947), James Earl III (born 1950), Donnell Jeffery (born 1952), and his only daughter, Amy Lynn (born 1967).

    • In 1979, Jimmy Carter received the International Mediation Medal from the American Arbitration Association. He also received the Human Rights Award from the International League for Human Rights in 1983, the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 1997, the Hoover Medal in 1998, and in 1999, the International Child Survival Award from UNICEF, which he received in Atlanta, Georgia.

    • As of 2006, Jimmy is the only President, who served at least one full term, to never make an appointment to the Supreme Court.

    • Jimmy said that there was no need to apologize to the Vietnamese people for the damage and suffering caused by the Vietnam War as "the destruction was mutual."

    • Jimmy Carter became the 76th Governor of Georgia on January 12, 1971. He held that title until the year 1975.

    • Jimmy graduated 59th out of a class of 820.

    • Jimmy's parents, two sisters, and brother all died from pancreatic cancer.

    • Jimmy Carter has three siblings, all of whom are dead. They are: his two sisters, Gloria Carter Spann (October 22, 1926 - March 5, 1990), and Ruth Carter Stapleton (August 7, 1929 - September 26, 1983), and his brother William Alton (Billy) Carter (March 29, 1937 - September 26, 1988).

    • Jimmy is a Baptist.

    • Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States, and served as President for a total of 1,460 days, from January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981.

    • Jimmy is a very close friend of his predecessor Gerald Ford, despite the fact that he defeated Ford in the 1976 presidential election. He and his wife visit Mr. and Mrs. Ford's home frequently.

    • Jimmy was the first president sworn in using his nickname, Jimmy.

    • Jimmy claims his favorite foods are mixed nuts and peaches.

    • Jimmy is a speed reader. He has been recorded reading 2,000 words per minute.

    • Jimmy Carter was one of three presidents to attend a military academy. He served for seven years as a naval officer.

    • Jimmy Carter attended Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    • Jimmy is the oldest of four children.

    • Jimmy was the first president to be born in a hospital.

    • In 1946, Jimmy Carter graduated with a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

  • Quotes

    • Jimmy Carter: Wherever life takes us, there are always moments of wonder.

    • Jimmy Carter: Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.

    • Jimmy Carter: Anyone can be successful in life, regardless of natural talent or the environment in which they live. This is not based on measuring success by human competitiveness for wealth, possessions, influence and fame, but adhering to God's standards of truth, justice, humility, service, compassion, forgiveness, and love.

    • Jimmy Carter: (Nobel Lecture, Oslo, Norway, December 10, 2002) The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices. God gives us the capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes - and we must.

    • Jimmy Carter: (Nobel Lecture, Oslo, Norway, December 10, 2002) The most serious and universal problem is the growing chasm between the richest and poorest people on earth. Citizens of the ten wealthiest countries are now seventy-five times richer than those who live in the ten poorest ones, and the separation is increasing every year, not only between nations but also within them.

    • Jimmy Carter: (Farewell Address, 1980) We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities- not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.

    • Jimmy Carter: Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.

    • Jimmy Carter: (2004 Democratic National Convention) Ultimately, the basic issue is whether America will provide global leadership that springs from the unity and the integrity of the American people, or whether extremist doctrines, the manipulation of the truth, will define America's role in the world. At stake is nothing less than our nation's soul. But I am not discouraged. I really am not. I do not despair for our country. I never do. I believe, as I always have, the essential decency and compassion and common sense of the American people will prevail.

    • Jimmy (On Donald Rumsfeld) : I think he's one of the worst secretaries of defense we've ever had. Almost every decision he has made has aggravated his military subordinates and has also proved to be a mistake.

    • Jimmy: I have one life and one chance to make it count for something... I'm free to choose what that something is, and the something I've chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands, this is not optional, my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.

    • Jimmy: If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.

    • Jimmy: America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America.

    • Jimmy: Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities -- not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.

    • Jimmy: Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

    • Jimmy: A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. If it's a weak nation, like a weak person, it behave's with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.

    • Jimmy: War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.

    • Jimmy: The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.