The 39th president of the United States, James Earl Carter Jr., is a retired American politician who presided over the country from 1977 to 1981.
He was a Democrat who previously held the office of state senator for Georgia from 1963 to 1967 and the 76th governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975.
Carter was up in Plains, Georgia, and graduated from the USNA in 1946. He then enlisted in the US Navy and served aboard a number of submarines.
After that, he went back to his home in the Plains and revived his family’s peanut farming operation there. He fought racial segregation during this time, backed the expanding civil rights movement, and developed into a Democratic Party activist. Former President Jimmy Carter is 98 Years Old Today.
Jimmy Carter Wife: The First Lady with a Heart of Gold
She was a day old and he was three when they first met. The longest marriage in presidential history—75 years—is being celebrated on Wednesday by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Rosalynn Carter Celebrates Her 95th Birthday With Butterflies.
They were raised three miles apart in Plains, Georgia. Rosalynn received treatment from Jimmy’s mother, a nurse. Rosalynn and Jimmy’s younger sister quickly grew close in a place where there weren’t many boys.
“I thought he was the most handsome young man I had ever seen,” she wrote in her memoir, “First Lady from Plains.”
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Their first date
He was 20 and she was 17 when they went on their first date in 1945. He had just returned from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. She had also completed her first year of studies at Georgia Southwestern College.
They are unable to recall the film they saw, but Jimmy does recall falling in love. In a poem published in his 1995 book “Always a Reckoning,” he recalled that sensation:
“I’d pay to sit behind her, blind to
what was on the screen, and watch the image flicker
upon her hair.”
Soon after, Jimmy told his mother, “She’s the girl I want to marry.”
They did the subsequent year. And as they say, the rest is history.
Their long and eventful journey
Jimmy Carter, now 96, later rose to prominence as Georgia’s governor, the nation’s president, and a Nobel laureate. Rosalynn Carter, 93, put up a lot of effort to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The couple surpassed the late George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, who were married for 73 years, in 2019 to become the longest-married couple in presidential history.
The Carters intend to celebrate their wedding anniversary on Wednesday with a night at their Plains home. At their former high school on Saturday, friends and family will assemble for an anniversary celebration.
Through it all, the time hasn’t diminished their love. As Jimmy wrote in the same poem:
“With shyness gone and hair caressed with gray,
her smile still makes the birds forget to sing and
me to hear their song.”
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