Jimmy Carter: The Longest Living President

Jimmy Carter: The Longest Living President

Allie Weaver

Jimmy Carter is the longest living US President. He is spending time with his family and receiving hospice care. 

He was born October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. He was the first American president to be born in a hospital. When he was a baby he moved next to archery. He worked as a cotton farmer on the family farm. He was given a piece of land and he grew and sold peanuts.

He was a Georgia state senator from 1963 to 1971. He ran for president in 1976, but he announced his campaign in 1974. He wasn’t very popular so he had very little chance of winning. His competitors would say “Jimmy who?” When asked about him; he started saying “My name is Jimmy Carter, and I’m running for president”. The saying worked and by mid-March he was ahead. 

He was elected as president in 1977 and was the 39th president. In 1977 Jimmy Carter granted pardons to people who evaded the draft in the Vietnam War. They did this by violating the Military Selective Service Act from August 4, 1964, to March 28, 1973. President Carter announced the first credit control measures since World War II on March 14,1980. On November 4,1980 Carter lost the election against Ronald Reagan.

After he left office in 1981 he was still involved in politics. He also built the Carter Center in 1982. The Carter Center is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization. It is used for  resolving conflicts, advancing democracy, human rights, preventing disease, and improving mental health care.

He also wrote 51 books after he was president. Some of the titles include: The Jimmy Carter Library, SALT II: The Path of Security and Peace, Jimmy Carter, and Why Not the Best?.  He earned a Nobel Peace Prize for building the Carter Center in 2002.

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