Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924. The mainstays of his up bringing were peanut farming, politics and devotion to the Baptist faith. In 1946, after graduating from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, he married Rosalynn Smith. They have three sons, John, James, Donnel and a daughter, Amy.
After seven years as a naval officer, Carter returned to Plains. In 1962, he entered state politics and eight years later was elected Governor of Georgia. He emphasized ecology, efficiency in government and the removal of racial barriers.
In December 1974, he began a two year campaign for the presidency. He worked hard and ended up winning against President Gerald R. Ford.
Read more about President Jimmy Carter in today’s Mr. President!
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