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Jimmy Carter

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39th President of the United States

In officeJanuary 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981

Vice President

Walter Mondale

Preceded by

Gerald Ford

Succeeded by

Ronald Reagan

76th Governor of Georgia

In officeJanuary 12, 1971 – January 14, 1975

Lieutenant

Lester Maddox

Preceded by

Lester Maddox

Succeeded by

George Busbee

Member of theGeorgia State Senatefrom the 14th district

In officeJanuary 14, 1963 – January 10, 1967

Preceded by

District established

Succeeded by

Hugh Carter

Constituency

Sumter County

Personal details

Born

James Earl Carter Jr.
October 1, 1924 Plains, Georgia, U.S.

Political party

Democratic

Spouse

Rosalynn Smith ( m.   1946 )

Children

4, including Jack, Amy

Relatives

James Earl Carter Sr.Bessie Gordy

Education

Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States Naval Academy

Civilian awards

Nobel Peace Prize See more

Signature

Cursive signature in ink

Military service

Allegiance

  United States

Branch/service

  United States Navy

Years of service

1943–19531953–1961

Rank

US Navy O3 infobox.svgLieutenant

Military awards

American Campaign Medal ribbon.svgAmerican Campaign MedalWorld War II Victory Medal ribbon.svgWorld War II Victory MedalChina Service Medal ribbon.svgChina Service MedalNational Defense Service Medal ribbon.svgNational Defense Service Medal

James Earl Carter Jr. is an American politician and philanthropist who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A Democrat, he previously served as a Georgia State senator from 1963 to 1967 and as the 76th governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. Carter has remained active in public life during his post-presidency, and in 2002 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in co-founding the Carter Center.

Raised in Plains, Georgia, Carter graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree and joined the United States Navy, where he served on submarines. After the death of his father in 1953, Carter left his naval career and returned home to Georgia to take up the reins of his family's peanut-growing business. Carter inherited comparatively little due to his father's forgiveness of debts and the division of the estate among the children. Nevertheless, his ambition to expand and grow the Carters' peanut business was fulfilled. During this period, Carter was motivated to oppose the political climate of racial segregation and support the growing civil rights movement. He became an activist within the Democratic Party. From 1963 to 1967, Carter served in the Georgia State Senate, and in 1970, he was elected as Governor of Georgia, defeating former Governor Carl Sanders in the Democratic primary on an anti-segregation platform advocating affirmative action for ethnic minorities. Carter remained as governor until 1975. Despite being a dark-horse candidate who was little known outside of Georgia at the start of the campaign, Carter won the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination. In the general election, Carter ran as an outsider and narrowly defeated incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford.

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Testing oneself is best when done alone. - Jimmy Carter

Testing oneself is best when done alone.

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Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. - Jimmy Carter

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

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We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. - Jimmy Carter

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

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dreams
A fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality. - Jimmy Carter

A fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality.

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The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity. - Jimmy Carter

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.

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experience
It's not necessary to fear the prospect of failure but to be determined not to fail. - Jimmy Carter

It's not necessary to fear the prospect of failure but to be determined not to fail.

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I don't think that the total creation took place in six days as we now measure time. If we can confirm, say, the Big Bang theory, that doesn't at all cause me to question my faith that God created the Big Bang. - Jimmy Carter

I don't think that the total creation took place in six days as we now measure time. If we can confirm, say, the Big Bang theory, that doesn't at all cause me to question my faith that God created the Big Bang.

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faith
I think there ought to be a strict separation or wall built between our religious faith and our practice of political authority in office. - Jimmy Carter

I think there ought to be a strict separation or wall built between our religious faith and our practice of political authority in office.

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faith
You just have to have a simple faith. - Jimmy Carter

You just have to have a simple faith.

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faith
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. - Jimmy Carter

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.

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We can't equate democracy with Christianity because the largest democracy on earth is India, which is primarily Hindu. The third largest democracy is Indonesia, which is Islamic. Democracy and freedom are not dependent on Christian beliefs. - Jimmy Carter

We can't equate democracy with Christianity because the largest democracy on earth is India, which is primarily Hindu. The third largest democracy is Indonesia, which is Islamic. Democracy and freedom are not dependent on Christian beliefs.

Jimmy Carter

freedom
The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. - Jimmy Carter

The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.

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freedom
Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future. - Jimmy Carter

Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.

Jimmy Carter

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I am confident that when the facts and policies have been examined, when the record of performances have been reviewed, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will once again be elected to lead our beloved country to a better future. - Jimmy Carter

I am confident that when the facts and policies have been examined, when the record of performances have been reviewed, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will once again be elected to lead our beloved country to a better future.

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future
I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me. - Jimmy Carter

I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me.

Jimmy Carter

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I can't really criticize the Tea Party people, because I came into the White House pretty much on the same basis that they have become popular. That is dissatisfaction with the way things are going in Washington and disillusionment and disencouragement about the government. - Jimmy Carter

I can't really criticize the Tea Party people, because I came into the White House pretty much on the same basis that they have become popular. That is dissatisfaction with the way things are going in Washington and disillusionment and disencouragement about the government.

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