Jimmy Carter was born in 1924 in Plains,
Georgia. Jimmy Carter was the oldest of four children. Plains was a farming community of 600 people.
Jimmy was the first person in his family
to go to college; afterward he went to the Georgian Institute of
Technology, and then to the U.S. Naval Academy of Annapolis, Maryland.
Jimmy graduated 60th in a class of 820.
Soon after, he married Rosalynn Smith. She also was from Plains. The Carters had three sons, John William, James Earl III, Donell Jeffery, and a daughter Amy Lynn.
Soon Jimmy was assigned to a nuclear
submarine, but resigned in 1953 when his father was diagnosed with cancer.
Jimmy returned home to take care of the family peanut farm. The first year was not easy for Jimmy because there was a drought
and he only earned $200.
In 1960, Jimmy Carter got his first
political office, a seat on the local school board. Two years later Jimmy was elected state senator.
Two terms after that he ran for governor; he lost. Then four years later in 1970 he was elected governor.
As governor he appointed blacks and women to many boards and
offices. Carter also worked for tougher consumer protection laws and for
banking regulations. Along with that he worked for healthcare, education, and prison
Jimmy started campaigning for president
as soon as possible. He had almost no national reputation when he began campaigning, but
it was evident he was good at winning votes. Jimmy won the presidency against Gerald R. Ford.
Some things he did during his presidency
were negotiating the Panama Canal Treaty, helping make peace between
Israel and Egypt, and
making the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty.
He also stayed out of wars.
Something he failed to do was free the
hostages held by the Iranians. Jimmy Carter was not reelected president.
After his presidency was over he traveled
around the world to hotspots where countries disagreed; he tried to solve
Jimmy Carter participated in things like
Habitat for Humanity, an organization that makes homes for poor people.
You won’t find Jimmy Carter planning a building in the inner city
from a comfy office; you’ll find him on the site with a hammer in his
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The Hall of Public Service. "James E.( Jimmy) Carter Jr." at <http://www.acheivment.org/autodoc/page/car0pro-1> (February 2003).
Our Georgian History. "James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr." at <http://www.ourgeorgiahistory.com/people/carter.html> (February 2003).
Images of American flag, and pictures of Jimmy Carter with other world leader and with red ribbon from "Microsoft Office Design Gallery Live" <http://dgl.microsoft.com/?CAG=1> Images free for non-profit and personal use. (December-April, 2003).
Images of Jimmy Carter with peanut and at top of page from "ArtToday.com" <http://members.clipart.com/en/index> (2003).