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President Jimmy Carter

Updated on January 6, 2017

Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter), was the 39th President of the USA.

Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, where his father was a grocer and peanut broker. Carter resigned from the navy, where he had worked as a physicist, in 1953, after the death of his father, in order to take over the family business. He first entered politics in 1962 when he made a bid for the Georgia State Senate and was elected for a second term two years later. He was defeated as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1966, but won both the nomination and the election for the governorship in 1970.

After a long and hard-fought campaign he won the Democratic presidential nomination and then went on to defeat Gerald Ford in the 1976 presidential election and become the first Southern president since the Civil War. In 1946 he married Rosalynn Smith, who undertook a tour of South America in May and June 1977. They have three sons and a daughter. He was defeated in the 1980 presidential elections by Republican Ronald Reagan in one of the smallest polls for many years.


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