JIMMY CARTER

39th U.S. President 1977-1981
LIFETIME: 1924-____, of English ancestry


Jimmy Carter homes

PRIMARY HOME: Woodland Drive in Plains GA - a brick ranch style with green trim and full-length windows surrounded by woodland
PHOTO CREDIT: Historic Homes of the American Presidents, by Irvin Haas

BOYHOOD HOME: Archery GA - a modest clapboard cottage
PHOTO CREDIT: 2004 Calendar of Presidential Homes, photographer Garren Zuck


The first U.S. president to be born in a hospital, James Earl Carter Jr. grew up on a cotton and peanut farm three miles west of Plains, Georgia. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Jimmy served on submarine duty and studied nuclear physics.

In 1953 back in Plains, he and wife Rosalyn built a thriving peanut business and constructed a new home on Woodlawn Drive that remains their home today. Carter served as state senator and governor, then captured the 1976 presidential election with his status as a Washington outsider.

Yet Carter's lack of knowledge about national politics led to dwindling effectiveness as president. He did initiate many programs, cut taxes, and brokered the Camp David Accords. But galloping inflation and the Iran hostage crisis handed Jimmy Carter a crushing defeat in 1980. As an elder statesman, however, the ex-president continues to be heartily involved with American issues.

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