Jimmy Carter

James Earl Carter otherwise known as Jimmy Carter was born on Oct. 1, 1924. He was the 39th president of the United States and is still alive today. Before becoming president he was the 76th governor of Georgia and in the Senate. In 2002 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Carter owned a peanut farm that left him one million dollars in debt. Mr. Jimmy Carter has lived the longest after being president than anyone else. He had four children. James was part of the Democratic party was his religion was Baptist.

Early Life

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James Carter was the first president born in a hospital. He grew up in Plains, Georgia. His father was a business man and his mom was a registered nurse. Jimmy was very good in academics and basketball. He had three younger siblings and married Rosalynn Smith. Together they had four children. For college he went to Georgia Southwestern College. Later we would go to the U.S. Naval Academy and take classes at Georgia Tech. James worked on surface ships and diesel-electric submarines. After he quit the Navy he worked on his families peanut farm and permanently bent his finger in an accident at the farm. Throughout most of his life he also was a Sunday School teacher and prayed many times a day.

Political Positions


In the 1960's he served as senator of the 14th district of Georgia. He took part in the Gray vs. Sanders case. For some time when he was on the senate he chaired the Education Commitee. When he left Hugh Carter took his seat. He was Jimmy's first cousin and a democrat.


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Jimmy Carter became the 76th govanor of Georgia on January 12, 1971.He improved govorment efficiency by merging state agencies. From the beginning of his office he said he didn't like racial segregation. At first Carter liked the death penalty but soon became an opponat and is now very outspoken against it. In 1969 Jimmy officially wrote a UFO sighting.


In 1977 Jimmy Carter became president. When he took over it was a time of inflation and recession. There was also an energy crisis. In1980 signed the Public Law 96-185. This law bailed out the Chrysler Corporation. He also had to deal with the Iran hostage Crisis, which may have something to do with his loss in the 1980 election. He also signed the Panama Canal treaties.

After Presidency

Jimmy Carter is alive and thriving after his presidency. He was a better person than he was a president. Jimmy and his Vice president are the longest living duo after leaving office. In 2002, he received the Nobel Peace Prize because of his peace making work in solving foreign affairs. Carter has critisized George Bush and Bill Clinton. Jimmy also helps at Habitat for Humanity. Some people may not agree with his presidential work, but most will not argue about him being a good man.


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