101 Facts About Jimmy Carter

1. Jimmy Carter visited Nigeria from March 31—April 3, 1978, the trip being an attempt by the Carter administration to improve relations with the country.

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2. Jimmy Carter wore sweaters to offset turning down the heat in the White House.

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3. In 1974, Jimmy Carter declared his candidacy for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination.

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4. Jimmy Carter served as a Georgia State Senator from 1963 to 1967.

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5. Jimmy Carter married Eleanor Rosalynn Smith on July 7, 1946, soon after he graduated from the US Naval Academy.

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6. Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981.

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7. Jimmy Carter reflected on the lessons of aging and his long life in The Virtues of Aging and A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety (2015).

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8. Jimmy Carter was the author of The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War and a collection of poetry.

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9. Jimmy Carter served as a sort of diplomat without portfolio in various conflicts in a number of countries—including Nicaragua, Panama (where he observed and reported illegal voting procedures), and Ethiopia (where he attempted to mediate a settlement with the Eritrean People's Liberation Force).

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10. On January 1, 1979, Jimmy Carter established full diplomatic relations between the United States and China and simultaneously broke official ties with Taiwan.

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11. Jimmy Carter told The Guardian in 2011 that he admired Truman for not trying to profit off his presidency.

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12. Jimmy Carter gave up his military career to save the family peanut farm.

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13. Jimmy Carter studied engineering at Georgia Southwestern Junior College before joining the Naval ROTC program to continue his engineering studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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14. Jimmy Carter won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, which was partially a response to President George W Bush's threats of war against Iraq and Carter's criticism of the Bush administration.

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15. Jimmy Carter was first cousin to politician Hugh Carter and a distant cousin to the Carter family of musicians.

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16. Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school and is a deacon at the Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains.

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17. Jimmy Carter has an interest in poetry, particularly the works of Dylan Thomas.

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18. Jimmy Carter was criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union for not doing enough to find alternatives.

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19. Jimmy Carter continues to occasionally teach Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church.

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20. In 1985, Jimmy Carter rebuked Reagan over his handling of peace within the Middle East, his support of the Strategic Defense Initiative, and Reagan's claim of an international conspiracy on terrorism.

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21. Jimmy Carter spoke out after the assassination attempt on Reagan, and voiced his agreement with Reagan on building neutron arms in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

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22. In 1982, Jimmy Carter founded the Jimmy Carter Center, a non-governmental and non-profit organization with the purpose of advancing human rights and alleviating human suffering, including helping improve the quality of life for people in more than 80 countries.

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23. Jimmy Carter faced strong challenges from the right, the center (independent John B Anderson), and the left (Democrat Ted Kennedy).

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24. Jimmy Carter delivered a speech notable for its tribute to the late Hubert Humphrey, who he initially called "Hubert Horatio Hornblower.

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25. Jimmy Carter made several trips to the Middle East to broker peace negotiations.

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26. From June 30 to July 1, 1977, Jimmy Carter held meetings with President of South Korea Park Chung-hee at the Blue House for a discussion on relations between the US and Korea as well as Carter's interest in preserving his policy of worldwide tension reduction.

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27. Jimmy Carter called for a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

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28. Jimmy Carter was the first US president to visit Nigeria.

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29. Jimmy Carter visited Nigeria from March 31—April 3, 1978, the trip being an attempt by the Carter administration to improve relations with the country.

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30. Jimmy Carter found himself at odds with Congressional Democrats once more, Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O'Neill finding it inappropriate for a president to pursue what had traditionally been the role of Congress.

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31. Jimmy Carter missed and never returned phone calls on his part.

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32. Jimmy Carter wore sweaters to offset turning up the heat in the White House.

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33. Jimmy Carter encouraged energy conservation by all US citizens and installed solar water heating panels on the White House.

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34. Jimmy Carter carried fewer states than Ford—23 states to the defeated Ford's 27—yet Carter won with the largest percentage of the popular vote of any non-incumbent since Dwight Eisenhower.

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35. Jimmy Carter began the race with a sizable lead over Ford, who narrowed the gap during the campaign, but lost to Carter in a narrow defeat on November 2, 1976.

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36. Jimmy Carter attacked Washington in his speeches, and offered a religious salve for the nation's wounds.

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37. Jimmy Carter used a two-prong strategy: in the South, which most had tacitly conceded to Alabama's George Wallace, Carter ran as a moderate favorite son.

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38. Jimmy Carter tried unsuccessfully to become chairman of the National Governors Association to boost his visibility.

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39. Jimmy Carter had quietly decided to begin putting a presidential bid together.

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40. Jimmy Carter was named to several southern planning commissions and was a delegate to the 1972 Democratic National Convention, where the liberal US Senator George McGovern was the likely presidential nominee.

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41. Jimmy Carter co-sponsored an anti-busing resolution with George Wallace at the 1971 National Governors Conference, which Carter hosted.

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42. Jimmy Carter hired Rita Jackson Samuels, a black woman, to advise him on potential appointments.

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43. Jimmy Carter expanded the number of black state employees, judges, and board members.

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44. Jimmy Carter implemented zero-based budgeting within state departments and added a Judicial Selection Commission to verify the credentials of judges appointed by the governor.

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45. Jimmy Carter declared in his inaugural speech that "the time of racial discrimination is over.

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46. Jimmy Carter implied support or dislike of private schools, depending on the audience.

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47. Jimmy Carter positioned himself as a populist, quickly going negative against Sanders for his wealth and associating him with the national Democratic Party.

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48. Jimmy Carter became chairman of the West Central Georgia Planning and Development Commission, which oversaw the disbursement of federal and state grants for projects such as historic site restoration.

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49. Jimmy Carter served in the inactive Navy Reserve until 1961, and left the service with the rank of lieutenant.

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50. Jimmy Carter was sent to the Naval Reactors Branch of the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, DC for three month temporary duty, while Rosalynn moved with their children to Schenectady, New York.

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51. Jimmy Carter was promoted to lieutenant junior grade in 1949.

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52. Jimmy Carter graduated 60th out of 820 midshipmen in the class of 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as an ensign.

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53. Jimmy Carter was a sprint football player for the Navy Midshipmen.

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54. Jimmy Carter is a descendant of English immigrant Thomas Carter, who settled in Virginia in 1635.

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55. Jimmy Carter has criticized some of Israel's actions and policies in regards to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and has advocated for a two-state solution.

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56. Jimmy Carter is currently the oldest and earliest serving of all living US presidents.

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57. In 2012, Jimmy Carter surpassed Herbert Hoover as the longest-retired president in US history, and in 2017 became the first president to mark the 40th anniversary of his inauguration.

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58. In foreign affairs, Jimmy Carter pursued the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties, the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, and the return of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama.

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59. On his second day in office, Jimmy Carter pardoned all the Vietnam War draft evaders.

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60. Jimmy Carter established a national energy policy that included conservation, price control, and new technology.

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61. Jimmy Carter added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the 15th double-double of his career.

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62. Jimmy Carter was impressive in his last few games with the Memphis Hustle and will be available for Monday's game.

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63. Jimmy Carter has been shuttling back and forth between the Grizzlies Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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64. President Jimmy Carter was inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame, housed.

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65. Jimmy Carter has been nominated seven times for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for audio recordings of his books, and has won twice—for Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis and A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016).

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66. Jimmy Carter has made arrangements to be buried in front of his home in Plains, Georgia.

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67. On January 20, 2017, at age 92, Jimmy Carter became the oldest living former president to attend a presidential inauguration.

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68. On December 6, 2015, Jimmy Carter issued a statement that his medical scans no longer showed any cancer.

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69. Jimmy Carter had asked to be designated as her parole officer, thus helping to enable her to work in the White House.

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70. In 2000, Jimmy Carter severed his membership with the Southern Baptist Convention, saying the group's doctrines did not align with his Christian beliefs.

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71. From a young age, Jimmy Carter showed a deep commitment to Christianity.

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72. The day after Presley's death, Jimmy Carter issued a statement and explained how he had "changed the face of American popular culture.

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73. In July 2017, Jimmy Carter concluded the US would eventually see the implementation of a single-payer healthcare system.

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74. In an October 2013 interview, Jimmy Carter labeled the Affordable Care Act President Obama's major accomplishment and said "the implementation of it now is questionable at best".

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75. Jimmy Carter ignited debate in September 2009 when he stated, "I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he is African-American.

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76. Jimmy Carter has stated that he supports same-sex marriage in civil ceremonies.

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77. Jimmy Carter described the reason for his decision as due to: "an increasing inclination on the part of Southern Baptist Convention leaders to be more rigid on what is a Southern Baptist and exclusionary of accommodating those who differ from them.

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78. Jimmy Carter wrote: "As you know, the United States is one of the few countries, along with nations such as Saudi Arabia, China, and Cuba, which still carry out the death penalty despite the ongoing tragedy of wrongful conviction and gross racial and class-based disparities that make impossible the fair implementation of this ultimate punishment.

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79. In his Nobel Prize lecture, Jimmy Carter urged "prohibition of the death penalty".

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80. Jimmy Carter is known for his strong opposition to the death penalty, which he expressed during his presidential campaigns, as had George McGovern.

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81. Jimmy Carter serves as an Honorary Chair for the World Justice Project, and formerly served as one on the Continuity of Government Commission from 2003 to 2011.

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82. Jimmy Carter delivered eulogies at the funerals of Coretta Scott King and Gerald Ford.

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83. In the Democratic primary, Jimmy Carter voted for Senator Bernie Sanders, and in the general election, voted for Hillary Clinton.

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84. As the primary continued, Jimmy Carter stated he would prefer Trump over his main rival Ted Cruz, though rebuked the Trump campaign in remarks during the primary, and in his address to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

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85. Jimmy Carter was critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shortly after the latter entered the primary and predicted he would lose, noting the differing circumstances of the political climate from when he was still an active politician.

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86. Jimmy Carter delivered a videotape address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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87. Jimmy Carter endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination during the primary season of the 2012 election cycle, though he clarified his backing of Romney was due to him considering the former Massachusetts governor the candidate that could best assure a victory for President Obama.

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88. Jimmy Carter voiced concerns of another voting mishap in the state of Florida.

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89. In the 2004 election cycle, Jimmy Carter endorsed John Kerry and spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

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90. As the primary concluded, Jimmy Carter spoke of the need for the 1992 Democratic National Convention to address certain issues not focused on in the past, and campaigned for Clinton after he became the Democratic nominee in the general election, publicly stating his expectation to be consulted during the latter's presidency.

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91. Jimmy Carter spoke favorably of former Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton, and criticized Ross Perot.

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92. Jimmy Carter was considered a potential candidate in the 1984 presidential election, but did not run and instead endorsed Walter Mondale for the Democratic nomination.

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93. In 1984, Jimmy Carter stated he had been wrongly presented as weak by Reagan due to a commitment to human rights during the previous presidential election, and condemned Reagan for not making rescue efforts to retrieve four American businessmen from West Beirut.

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94. In 1983, Jimmy Carter judged the Reagan campaign with having falsified simplicity in solving issues, and criticized Reagan for a lack of attention to human rights violations.

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95. Jimmy Carter responded favorably to Reagan choosing to remain within the Camp David agreement, with distaste toward what he felt was Reagan blaming his tenure for continued difficulties in policy.

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96. Jimmy Carter began his first year out of office with a pledge not to critique the new Reagan administration.

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97. Jimmy Carter attempted traveling to Zimbabwe in November 2008, but was stopped by President Robert Mugabe's government.

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98. In July 2007, Jimmy Carter joined Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, to announce his participation in The Elders, a group of independent global leaders who work together on peace and human rights issues.

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99. Jimmy Carter traveled to Syria in April 2008, laying a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah and denying he had been contacted by the Bush administration in relation to meeting with Hamas leaders.

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100. In 2006, Jimmy Carter stated his disagreements with the domestic and foreign policies of Israel while saying he was in favor of the country, extending his criticisms to Israel's policies in Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza.

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101. Jimmy Carter toured Cuba again for three days in March 2011.

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