James Earl Carter Jr. was born October 1, 1924, at Wise Hospital (now Plains convalescent Home) in Plains Georgia. He was the first president born in a hospital. His father was James Earl Carter, Sr. (1894-1953) farmer, peanut broker, local public official; his mother was Bessie Lillian Gordy Carter (1898-1983), registered nurse, Peace Corps volunteer. Jimmy was the oldest of four children. He had two sisters and a brother-Mrs. Gloria Spann, Mrs. Ruth Carter Stapleton and Billy Carter.  

Jimmy married Eleanor Rosalynn Smith when he was 21 and she was 18 years of age on July 7, 1946, at the Plains ( Georgia ) Methodist Church . Carter had tree sons and a daughter-John William “Jack” Carter (1947- ), lawyer; James Earl “chip” Carter III (1950- ), businessman; Donnell Jeffrey Carter (1952- ), computer consultant; Amy Lynn Carter (1968- ).  

Jimmy Carter attended public elementary and high school in Plains, Georgia . In 1941 he attended Georgia Southwestern College in Americus , Georgia . He took some math courses at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1942. He was admitted to The Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1943 and he saw see duty in 1944 aboard the USS New York on East coast-Caribbean Patrol. He graduated in 1946.  

Carter served in the Navy from 1946 to 1953 rising from ensign to lieutenant senior grade. He returned to Plains Georgia to take care of the peanut brokerage business his father had left. He started his public career in 1963-Georgia State Senator (1963-1967) and Governor of Georgia (1971-1975) before his presidential nomination.  

Jimmy Carter won the presidential Democratic Nomination in 1976 and was elected president of the United States in November 2, 1976. His vice president was Walter F. Mondale (1928- ), he served 1977-1981. Jimmy Carter lost reelection defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1980.  

After the presidency, Jimmy Carter retired to Plains, Georgia . He became involved in many different activities. He is a member of Habitat for Humanity and manually helps build Homes across the United States

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